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Saudi's Muslim World League voices 'deep concern' over new 9/11 law

Organisation says US law would 'threaten the stability of the international system and might harm the global economy'

Saudi's Muslim World League voices 'deep concern' over new 9/11 law
Smoke spews from a tower of the World Trade Center September 11, 2001 after two hijacked airplanes hit the twin towers in an alleged terrorist attack on New York City. (Getty Images)

The Muslim World League, and its affiliate International Organisation for Muslim Scholars, has expressed "deep concern" about a law passed by the United States Congress last week that would allow the families of victims of the September 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia's government for damages.

It claimed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act passed by the US Congress "contravenes the UN Charter and the principles of international law" in a statement cited by news agency WAM.

The US House of Representatives passed the act, known as JASTA, on Friday but the White House has threatened to veto the measure. It has been widely condemned by countries in the Gulf.

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

The Saudi-based Muslim World League said: "The act is contrary to the foundation of international relations, which are based on the principles of equal sovereignty, immunity of the state, mutual respect and non-imposition of domestic laws of any state on the other state(s)."

According to the Saudi Press Agency, Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, the secretary of the League, who is also the chairman of Muslim Scholars, said that the law would threaten the stability of the international system and might harm the global economy.

He said that it could have other negative consequences, as it would set a dangerous precedent in relations among nations.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Monday condemned the law saying it 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," added UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in a statement carried by WAM.

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Paolo C 3 years ago

This is a fake law on a fake event. Really don't understand why you should be concerned. Instead you should be concerned about the police state that this event created.

Skeptic 3 years ago

"Fake event"? As someone who lost friends in the 9/11 attack, I find your inane comment both offensive and abhorrent.

WHJ 3 years ago

@Skeptic. I don't want to dwell too much on this subject, but I recommend you google Operation Northwoods to understand what Paolo probably meant by saying it was a "fake event".

Skeptic 3 years ago

@WHJ....So what relevance does a fake operation in 1962 against Cuba have to this discussion?

WHJ 3 years ago

@skeptic. My attempt at explaining what Paolo meant by "fake event". An entity behind one fake operation can plan and implement many other fake operations.
Please don't pretend you don't understand!

Simon 3 years ago

I find myself agreeing with you WHJ...and that is not something I have done in the past...but on this subject...I concur with you.

Fentoni 3 years ago

Good point Skeptic. I don't know why WHJ is trying to attempt to explain why Paolo said such a crass, inaccurate and inflammatory statement. To compare an esoteric event in Cuba from over 50 years ago with the events of 9/11 is very poor. WHJ: I'd let Paolo extract himself from his own remarks if I was you and seek to understand the difference between knowledge and wisdom.

Skeptic 3 years ago

@WHJ...Regardless of who was behind it, the event was very real. A lot of people lost their lives and for an ignorant clown like Paolo to trivialize it is outrageous.

WHJ 3 years ago

@Fentoni. Funny you should talk about the difference between knowledge and wisdom when you have neither.

Telcoguy 3 years ago

Even funnier is how based on post history most people would reach quite different conclusions.