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Saudi Cabinet warns over JASTA, world expressed concerns

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(Riyadh-AlummahWorld, 03 Muharram,1438 AH, 03 October 2016)  The enactment of US legislation on 9/11 weakening sovereign immunity will affect all countries, including the United States, the Saudi Cabinet said Monday.

It said the law contributes to the weakening of the principle of sovereign immunity, which has governed international relations for hundreds of years, in a statement carried by the state news agency SPA.

This it said, will have a “negative impact” on all nations, including the United States.

The cabinet also said Saudi Arabia hoped the US Congress would take necessary steps to avoid the ‘dangerous fallouts’ from the law,

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) law allows the families of 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom for damages.

The Saudi foreign ministry condemned the law’s passage on Thursday, saying the “erosion” of the principle of sovereign immunity would have a negative impact on all nations.

A number of countries voices concerns about JASTA. US President Barack Obama expressed concerns dubbing it as a “mistake” and “basically a political vote.”

He said: “I understand why it happened. Obviously, all of us still carry the scars and trauma of 9/11 - nobody more than this 9/11 generation that has fought on our behalf of the country in the aftermath of 9/11.”

Russia accused US for disregarding to the international law.

“Washington has once again demonstrated total disregard for international law, legalizing the possibility of filing lawsuits in US courts against states suspected of supporting terrorism,” the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department said in a statement, as cited by RIA Novosti.

“The United States, where many politicians have come to believe in their own ‘uniqueness,’ insistently continues along the line of extending its jurisdiction to the entire world, disregarding the notions of state sovereignty and common sense,” the statement added.

In Paris, French authorities have reiterated their rejection to JASTA, which the Foreign Ministry said violates international law. The Foreign Ministry Spokesman Romain Nadal said France and European countries consider JASTA as contravening international law.

Nadal also said that France, which is fighting militants along with its partners, including the United States, said this battle “should be waged through the respect of national and international laws.”

On the other hand, an EU spokesperson said: “We do not believe the approach set out in JASTA is in the interest of either the EU or US, and it would be in conflict with the fundamental principles of international law and, in particular, the principle of state sovereign immunity.”