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Joint committee should address JASTA issues, says FNC Speaker

Dr Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council, said joint FNC-government committee shoull address challenges of US bill

Joint committee should address JASTA issues, says FNC Speaker
Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the UAE’s Federal National Council (FNC). (Image Source: WAM)

The speaker of Federal National Council (FNC) has called for a joint FNC-government committee to address the challenges of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), according to Emirates News Agency (WAM).

In September this year, the US House of Representatives passed JASTA that creates an exception to sovereign immunity created by a 1976 law, allowing US citizens to sue foreign nations for terrorism that kills its citizens on US soil.

“The committee will study challenges and negative repercussions of the Act,” Dr Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC) said in a keynote speech after opening the second ordinary session of the 16th legislative chapter of the FNC on Sunday.

“The UAE is in a good position to develop new models of cooperation and integration to address rapid transformations around us. At the time when some are looking for security in walled communities, the UAE is building a bridge of tolerance to reach out to the world away from the hatred which is fuelling conflicts around us.

“While some countries are worried about an economic crash, the UAE is investing in happiness and encouraging its people to build a brighter future,” she said.

Last month, Dr Al Qubaisi said the law undermines the foundations of international relations, urging the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva to include the rejection of the JASTA in its communique.