Syria's foreign minister lambasts Arab sanctions

Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:12pm GMT

BEIRUT Nov 28 (Reuters) - Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday the Arab League's decision to halt dealings with the Syrian Central Bank was a "declaration of economic war".

Moualem also told a televised news conference that Syria had already withdrawn 95 percent of funds targeted by the League's decision that Arab states freeze Syrian government bank assets.

"Sanctions are a two-way street. I am not warning here, but we will defend the interests of our people... We have to defend the interests of our people," Moualem said. (Reporting by Dominic Evans; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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