Damascus says that foreign sanctions on Syria are hurting the population.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem called on the UN on December 15 to "intervene to ensure [U.S. and EU sanctions] are lifted."
He made the remark in Damascus during a meeting with UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, who is on a one-day visit to Syria.
The United States and the EU have imposed a wave of sanctions to punish President Bashar al-Assad's regime for its crackdown against protesters calling for democratic reforms.
The protests have evolved into a civil war that is estimated to have left more than 40,000 dead.
The current sanctions include a freeze on the assets of Assad and other Syrian government leaders, along with an embargo on the oil and arms trades.
Based on reporting by AP and Reuters