Assad and Asma Akharas marry in a secret ceremony in Damascus. No pictures are taken.
European Union states impose sanctions on Assad’s wife, Asma. Foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on also impose asset freezes and bans on travel to the EU on several other family members including Assad’s mother, and bans European companies from doing business with two additional Syrian entities. EU diplomat:
She is on the list. It’s the whole clan,
Because the Syrian first lady is a British national she cannot be prevented from entering the UK, but she cannot enter then other 26 EU states.