Asian nations focus on crisis in Syria
POSTED: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 8:29am
UPDATED: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 8:30am
NBC News — China and Japan are taking action regarding the crisis in Syria. China will send another envoy to the Middle East and France in an effort to stop the violence. China's assistant foreign minister will travel to Saudi Arabia and Egypt to discuss a proposal on Syria with the Gulf Cooperation Council and Arab League. A foreign ministry spokesman friday welcomed a planned trip to Damascus by U.N. Arab League envoy to Syria Kofi Annan.
Meanwhile, Japan toughened sanctions against Syria. Japan's foreign minister announced the names of more organizations and individuals subject to asset freezes including two individuals with close ties to Syria's President Assad. The foreign minister said Japan was responding to the ongoing crackdown against dissent. The U.N. says more than 7500 people have been killed since the Syrian uprising began last year.