Saudi Calls On US Congress To Avoid Repercussions Of JASTA

10/05/2016 - 06:10 AM

Jason Boutros

Saudi Arabia called on the United States to take the necessary measures to avoid the “dangerous repercussions” that may result from the JASTA bill which allows American victims of September 11 to sue the kingdom, reported yesterday.

US President Barack Obama veto against the passing of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) was overturned by both the Senate and House of Representatives.

In a statement, the Saudi ministerial council said: “Approving JASTA is a source of worry for the international community whose relations are based on the principle of equality and sovereign immunity.”

“This principle governs international relations for hundreds of years and undermining it negatively affects all the countries, including the US.”

Meanwhile, the statement expressed hope that “wisdom prevails and the US Congress takes the measures needed to avoid the dangerous outcomes of turning JASTA to a law act.”

Previously, the kingdom, which is the largest and longstanding ally for the US in the Middle East, warned that JASTA would have “dangerous results”.

Crown Prince and Interior Minister Muhammed Bin Nayef said: “Our country is being targeted and we will protect ourselves.”



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