Speaking at the 75th session of the Second Financial and Economic Committee of the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Ja’afri called on the UN not to strictly limit its activities to the humanitarian aspect, but to extend them and include development projects.
He also urged the world body to stay away from politicization bids and offer the necessary support that the Syrian government needs to foster development in the crisis-ridden Arab country.
“One of the greatest challenges facing Syria is the unilateral and coercive measures against Syrian people, and the UN Secretary General [António Guterres] has called for their removal in light of COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic,” the diplomat pointed out.
The United States recently imposed a round of sanctions against Syria known as the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act.
The sanctions came into effect on June 17 -- six months after being signed into law by US President Donald Trump -- targeting individuals and businesses anywhere in the world that operate directly or indirectly within the sphere of Syria's economy. This includes entities that help the Arab country produce oil or fight terrorism in any way.