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U.S 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia

The Saudi-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Monday
condemned a law passed by the United States Congress last week that
would allow the families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue the
kingdom’s government for damages.

The head of the six-nation GCC said the law was
“contrary to the foundations and principles of relations between states
and the principle of sovereign immunity enjoyed by states.”

“Such laws will negatively affect the international
efforts and international cooperation to combat terrorism,” GCC
Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani said in a statement.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Justice
Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act,” known as JASTA, on Friday but the
White House has threatened to veto the measure.

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who crashed airliners in
New York, outside Washington and in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001 were
Saudi nationals, but the Saudi government has strongly denied
responsibility and has lobbied against the bill.

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