06/01/2022

Former US State Department advisors: Biden Administration should impose harsher sanctions on Syrian regime and Iran

Former U.S. Department of State advisors Andrew J. Tabler and Matthew Zweig, writing in National Interest, called on the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to increase pressure on Iran and the Syrian regime, and all those who support them, through sanctions targeting “Iranian oil”.

The Biden Administration has ignored the provocative activities of Iran, which supports the regime in Syria and the Lebanese group Hezbollah, and flagrant violations of existing sanctions regimes, claimed the authors. They suggested that if President Biden really wants a political solution in Syria in line with the U.N. Security Council resolution on the issue, he should impose Syria-related sanctions on Iranian entities that supply Damascus with oil and use the Caesar Act to protect civilians in Syria.

The White House is obligated to enforce the sanctions outlined in the Caesar Act on anyone who supports the government of the Syrian regime, wrote the Tabler and Zweig, and that the imposing sanctions on the National Iranian Tanker Company would send a message to the Syrian regime that continued reliance on Iranian energy will come at a price.