Arab Christian figures rebut argument for removing US sanctions on Syria

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Wed, 2021-02-17 23:32

NEW YORK CITY: When the time came for Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s former UN permanent representative, to leave New York, only one person saw him off at JFK airport: his loyal office assistant.

The symbolism of the moment perhaps eluded the lady as she waved goodbye to the diplomat disappearing through the throng of travelers: Nothing more than Jaafari’s lonely departure could embody the image of Bashar Assad’s regime as it stands isolated on the world stage today.

Syrian President Bashar Assad (R) meeting the new Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Youssef Absi (L) in the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP/SANA/File Photo)
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