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Saudi Cabinet warns over JASTA

The enactment of JASTA weakening sovereign immunity will affect all countries, the Saudi Cabinet says

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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.