Stephen Harper and his Cabinet have decided to impose sanctions against Syria, said Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister.
The sanctions are mostly symbolic, as Canada exports barely $60 million to the country. The sanctions include a ban on the export of some goods to Syria, limits on travel to Canada by members of the Syrian regime, basically banning trade to the country.
Stephen Harper’s sanctions against Syria come in response to the Middle East country’s violent suppression of anti-government protesters.
In announcing the measures today, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird called the Syrian regime’s actions a grave breach of international peace.
Human-rights groups estimate as many as 1,000 Syrians have been killed in two months of protests.
The United States and the European Union have already imposed sanctions on President Bashar Assad and other ministers in the repressive country.
Canada is scrambling to follow suit ahead of this week’s G8 summit in France.
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