Foreign ministers from 19 Arab League countries voted Sunday to impose economic sanctions on the Syrian regime, officials said.
Arab League finance ministers had recommended Saturday that economic sanctions be put in place against the Syrian government for its part in a bloody crackdown on civilian demonstrators.
The foreign ministers agreed Sunday to stop dealing with Syria's central bank, to ban high-profile Syrian officials from visiting Arab nations, and to freeze the assets of the Syrian government, according to a senior league official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Iraq abstained from the vote, officials said. Lebanon voted against sanctions.
Syrian state television said the move "lacks legality."
The Arab League suspended Syria from its membership this month after President Bashar al-Assad's regime ignored demands to end its crackd own on citizens.
The United Nations says more than 3,500 people have died in the course of an eight-month government crackdown on protests.
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