Citing “serious concerns” over its behavior and despite a recent enjoy visit to strengthen ties, the U.S. has decided to renew sanctions this year against Syria, said Saudi news service Arab News. Sanctions are reviewed yearly by congress to determine if they need to be renewed for the upcoming year.
According to State Department spokesman Robert Wood, "The president felt it was necessary. This shows you that we still have some very serious concerns about Syrian behavior and activities in the world." Wood said that the recent dispatch of an envoy to the area was for the purpose of encouraging Syria to make changes the U.S. views as necessary and positive for producing a better relationship between the two countries.