On May 6th, the new president of the United State, Joe Biden, made his first statement on Syria. Publishing notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Actions of the Government of Syria.
Biden stated that he’s continuing the national emergency declared with respect to the actions of the Government of Syria for 1 year, stating: “The regime’s brutality and repression of the Syrian people, who have called for freedom and a representative government, not only endangers the Syrian people themselves but also generates instability throughout the region. The Syrian regime’s actions and policies, including with respect to chemical weapons and supporting terrorist organizations, pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States”.
He also added: “the United States condemns the Assad regime’s, and its Russian and Iranian enablers’, brutal violence and human rights violations and abuses. The United States calls on the Assad regime and its backers to stop its violent war against its own people, enact a nationwide ceasefire, enable the unobstructed delivery of humanitarian assistance to all Syrians in need, and negotiate a political settlement in Syria in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254. The United States will consider changes in policies and actions of the Government of Syria in determining whether to continue or terminate this national emergency in the future”.
According to Federal Register the National Emergency regarding Syria, was an executive order signed by then, president of the United State, George W. Bush on May 11, 2004, blocking property of certain persons and prohibiting the export of certain goods to Syria. GEORGE W. BUSH, stated then that the actions of the Government of Syria in supporting terrorism, continuing its occupation of Lebanon, pursuing weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, and undermining the United States and international efforts with respect to the stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, thus declaring a national emergency to deal with that threat.