Asma al-Assad, the wife of Syria’s President, has joined the long list of people within the Syrian regime to face EU sanctions.
The 36-year-old, who holds both Syrian and British passports, now faces a travel ban and will have her assets in the EU frozen.
The new restrictions also target Assad’s mother, sister and sister-in-law and come as the UN Arab League envoy Kofi Annan prepares to fly to Moscow and Beijing to win support for his peace plan.
China and Russia have signalled support for the prosposals and on Wednesday, the UN Security Council issued a statement of support.
Officials say Annan’s six-point peace plan is aimed at stopping the 12-month-old violent crackdown, securing humanitarian aid and launching a political dialogue with the Syrian opposition.