US official in Amman to seek support for Syria sanctions
A top US anti-terrorism official on Sunday met with Jordanian officials to seek support for economic sanctions against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to the US embassy in Amman, dpa reported.
US Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Terrorist Financing Daniel Glaser discussed "possible attempts by the Syrian government to evade US and EU sanctions through the Jordanian financial sector," the embassy said.
The United States and the European Union recently toughened sanctions against al-Assad to pressure him to stop a violent crackdown on anti-government demonstrations which began in March.
On November 7, Syrian Prime Minister Adel Safar said the sanctions, particularly on the oil sector, were crippling the economy.
The US official also planned to meet with banking executives "to underscore the importance of Jordan's continued effort to maintain a transparent, sound and well-regulated financial sector," the embassy said Sunday.
Jordan is the final stop in a trip which has already taken Glaser to Moscow and Beirut.