SDF appreciates US license to exempt NE Syria from sanctions

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Commander-in-Chief Mazloum Abdi welcomed on Friday the US decision to exempt areas held by the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) from Caesar Act sanctions.

The US Department of the Treasury issued a general license authorizing activities in northeast and northwest Syria in 12 sectors.

In a tweet, Abdi said, “We appreciate the US General License for #AANES areas. We welcome all companies to invest here.”

Abdi noted to the importance of the exemption saying that it will “rebuild infrastructure and support our economy.”

“A step that will counter ISIS and give hope to all Syrians,” he added.

The SDF Commander-in-Chief called on both local and international companied to start investments in the AANES-held areas which is a step towards stability in the region.

According to the US general license, the exemption covers areas in both northeast and northwest Syria except for Afrin and Idlib.

It will include the sectors of agriculture, information and telecommunications, power grid infrastructure, construction, finance, clean energy, transportation and warehousing, water and waste management, health services, education, manufacturing, and trade. 

Reporting by Adnan Hamo