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U.S. lauds Turkey's sanctions on Syria


09:48, December 01, 2011

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Wednesday lauded the unilateral sanctions imposed on Syria by Turkey, calling on others to close ranks in upping the pressure.

"We commend the Turkish government for its announcement of economic sanctions and other measures against the Syrian regime," Tommy Vietor, spokesman of the White House National Security Council, said in a statement.

Saying the moves will send a strong message to Syrian President Bashar Assad and his circle that their actions are "unacceptable and will not be tolerated," Vietor called on other governments to "join the chorus of condemnation and pressure" against the Assad regime.

He said President Barack Obama has coordinated closely with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan throughout the crisis in Syria and will continue to do so going forward.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced on Wednesday a series of sanctions on Syria, including the freezing of its government assets in Turkey, a travel ban on Syrian leaders, and suspension of relations between the Turkish and Syrian central banks.

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