UK Foreign Secretary William Hague
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Syria: William Hague on Assad wife sanctions

EU foreign ministers are set to impose a travel ban and asset freeze on the UK-born wife of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, diplomats have said.

Asma al-Assad is among 12 Syrians to be added to a number of figures, including the president, who are already subject to sanctions.

Speaking ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said it was ''very important to increase the pressure on the Syrian regime''.

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