The Council of the EU on Monday decided to extend sanctions against Syria by one year, until June 1, 2019.
The sanctions, put in place since 2011, include an oil embargo, restrictions on certain investments, and a freeze on the assets of the Syrian central bank within the EU.
Some 259 persons and 67 entities are also subject to a travel ban and an asset freeze.
The council reiterated the EU’s commitment to “finding a lasting and credible political solution to the conflict in Syria.”
The ongoing Syrian civil war broke out in spring of 2011 between the government forces, along with its allies, and various forces opposing the government, including the Islamic State group militants.
During the seven-year turmoil and military confrontations, Syria has witnessed large-scale devastation in various parts of its territories, with many foreign countries intervening in the crisis.
The Syrian government’s troops have liberated most of cities, towns, and villages captured by rebels and Islamist terrorists.
Since its eruption in March 2011, the Syrian crisis has claimed the lives of about half a million people and displaced and wounded over 14 million.
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