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Saudi Cabinet: JASTA Source of Serious Concern to Int’l Community

Written by Fakhri Al-Arashi

Adoption of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) in the US is of great concern to the international community, in which relations are based on the principle of equality and sovereign immunity, the Saudi cabinet said on Monday.
This is the principle that has been governing international relations for hundreds of years, the cabinet said in a statement after its Monday weekly meeting chaired by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
Weakening sovereign immunity affects negatively all countries, including the US, the cabinet said, expressing hope that wisdom would prevail and that the Congress would take the necessary steps to avoid serious and grave consequences that may result from enacting JASTA.
The Congress has recently overturned President Barack Obama’s veto of the bill that would allow families of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks to sue foreign countries.
Meanwhile, the cabinet today condemned the recent aggression by the Houthi militants on a UAE civilian vessel off the coast of Yemen’s Adan port.
The vessel was delivering humanitarian aid, and evacuating wounded Yemenis to have medical treatment in the UAE.
This “act of terrorism” exposes navigation in the strategic Bab Al-Mandeb Strait to danger, the cabinet said. It opposes the laws of international navigation and runs against the ongoing regional and international efforts to deliver relief aid to Yemen to alleviate the sufferings of the Yemeni people.
The cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s welcoming of the initial report by the Yemeni National Investigation Committee dated August 15, 2016, which is compatible with international standards.
It also renewed the Kingdom’s rejection of the call by the UN High Commissioner on the formation of an international commission of inquiry.
The session reaffirmed that the work of the Yemeni National Investigation Committee is “one of the most important guarantees of impunity and accountability.”