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Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken after EU Foreign Ministers agreed to impose further sanctions on Syria.
“I strongly welcome the EU’s agreement today to impose sanctions on an additional two oil companies and a further 12 individuals closely associated with the brutal repression being carried out by the Syrian regime. This is a further step in tightening the economic and diplomatic stranglehold on this criminal regime. The message to those who continue to side with Assad is clear - the violence must end and those responsible will be held to account”