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The United States plans to use aggressive sanctions to diminish the influence of Iran in Syria and remove Iranian-backed troops from the country, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield said in testimony before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday.
Axar.az reports citing sputniknews.com.
When asked how the United States will remove Iranian troops from Syria, Satterfield said, "Senator, it's a combination of measures. First and foremost it is aggressive sanctioning and measures undertaken by the US and our partners to deny the physical tools, the ability to move assets and the ability to finance Iran’s activities."
According to Satterfield, Washington and its allies will not help the Syrian government with reconstruction if President Bashar Assad is in power.
"The international community’s committed itself not to provide that reconstruction assistance until those goals — constitutional reform, UN-supervised elections — are realized," he said.
2018.01.11 / 20:44