23 May '11, 2am

EU mulls Mideast diplomatic change

BRUSSELS: The EU was set to tighten the noose on Syria and Iran on Monday when Europe mulls its next diplomatic moves to bolster change across North Africa and the Middle East. Foreign ministers from the 27-state bloc will also look at ways forward in Libya as divisions emerge over an exit strategy, take a fresh look at the Middle East in the wake of US President Barack Obama's new twist and look at aid to nations emerging from conflict. As the death toll continued to mount in Syria, after over two months of protests, the European Union ministers for the first time were to add the name of President Bashar al-Assad to members of the regime targeted by a travel ban and assets freeze for involvement in the bloody crackdowns. "The aim of the sanctions is to stop the violence and press Assad to agree to a process of reform, but not to force him to step down," said an EU diploma...

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