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People walk near a Syrian national flag at the President bridge in Damascus, Syria March 14, 2016

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The sanctions imposed on Syria by the EU, the US and Arab countries have besieged the war-torn country, the head of the Damascus delegation said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Syria as a whole is under siege because of the western sanctions imposed against it, head of Damascus delegation to the intra-Syria talks Bashar Jaafari said Wednesday.

“Whole Syria is under siege because of sanctions — EU, US and of Arab countries that are counter to the SC [UN Security Council] decisions,” Jaafari told reporters.

The latest round of the intra-Syria talks began on April 13, and according to the United Nations was supposed to focus on Syria’s political transition, governance, and the constitution.The European Union imposed sanctions on Syria in 2011. The measures include trade restrictions, as well as personal travel bans and an asset freeze on certain Syrian officials. The country and its government has also been targeted by sanctions from Arab League, United States and Turkey.

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