Shell says to cease activities in Syria
Royal Dutch Shell is to cease operations in Syria because of ongoing unrest there and in line with EU sanctions, the oil giant said on Friday.
"Shell will cease its activities in compliance with sanctions," a company spokesman told AFP.
"Our main priority is the safety of our employees of whom we are very proud. We hope the situation improves quickly for all Syrians."
It is understood that the cessation of activity will take some time to complete and would not be immediate.
US Vice President Joe Biden urged Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to quit, in a Turkish interview published Friday, adding to global pressure on the regime over its bloody repression of protesters.
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