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US President Biden to discontinue waiver allowing US oil company to operate in Syria.

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US President Biden has decided not to renew the waiver which up until now had allowed certain US oil companies to operate in the oil rich northeast Syria. The waiver was introduced by President Trump after he pledged to “keep the oil” produced in the region.

The waiver was first introduced over an year ago in April 2020 after President Trump announced that he wanted to keep US troops in the region to maintain control of the profits form the oil. The waiver was a necessary part as the US Treasury prohibits most US companies from operating in the highly volatile conflict zone.

According to a Biden administration official who anonymously spoke with TRT World, the “Keep the Oil” narrative by President Trump is not a part of the current administration’s foreign policy and that using the US military to facilitate oil production for US companies in Syria was deemed as inappropriate.

The waiver was initially even seen as a benefit of political connections as the waiver was issued to Delta Crescent Energy which was founded in 2019 by former US ambassador to Denmark James Cian, retired army delta force officer James Reese and the UK based oil executive John Dorrier. The allegations that the waiver was issued based on political connections was stemmed from the fact that James Cian had donated more than $30,000 to the Republican Party and its candidates over the years.

President trumps issued multiple statements calling to keep US military in the region to “keep the oil” and “secure the oil”  while his aides continued to refute the allegations that the US was profiting from the Syrian oil reserves.

Source: TRT World.

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