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Kerry, Jubeir discuss ways to ‘fix’ JASTA

Saudi foreign minister said his country reserves the right to protect its border with Yemen and is committed to maintain ceasefire

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US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday discussed with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir ways to “fix” the US Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, known as JASTA, to limit its repercussion on US relations with its partners.

“We discussed ways to try to fix this in a way that respects and honors the needs and rights of victims of 9/11, but at the same time does not expose American troops and American individuals who may be involved in another country to the potential of losses,” Kerry said in a join conference.

JASTA grants an exception to the legal principle of sovereign immunity in cases of terrorism on US soil, clearing the way for lawsuits seeking damages from the Saudi government.

On Yemen, the Saudi foreign minister said his country reserves the right to protect its border and its citizens, stressing the Kingdom’s commitment to maintain its cessation of fire.

“I want to emphasize that we have a right to defend ourselves, we have a right to protect our borders, we have a right to protect our citizens and we have to ensure that the other side maintains its commitment to the cessation of hostilities,” Jubeir said.