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Syria's tourism minister focuses on promoting Aleppo despite sanctions

Bishr Yazagi has an admittedly tough job. He's Syria's minister of tourism, responsible for drumming up interest in popular attractions like the ancient city of Aleppo -- even as war rages all around. Now, he's facing another challenge --- he's one of twelve Syrian government ministers the European Union has imposed sanctions on, accusing the group of "serious human rights violations." The sanctions mean they'll have their assets frozen and they won't be allowed to travel. Yazagi says he's not worried, adding that the timing is suspect. SOUNDBITE: Syrian Minister Of Tourism, Bishr Yazagi speaking (Arabic): "I think they won't be an obstacle to us performing our duties. The EU had a goal with these sanctions, especially in imposing them now- after the victory we achieved in the presidential elections. They're probably a desperate attempt to increase the pressure." He's also more determined then ever to continue working to preserve Aleppo's history.

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