Saudi Arabia warned of «devastating consequences» of the law allowing the victims of the attacks of 11 September to submit the damage claim to the Kingdom.
Riyadh has asked Congress to take the necessary measures to cope with the dangerous consequences of this law, reported the state news Agency of Saudi Arabia Saudi Press Agency, citing a representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Kingdom.
According to an unnamed representative of the Ministry, the law «weakens the immune system» of individual countries and will have negative consequences for all countries of the world, including the United States.
On Wednesday, the Congress rejected the vetoes by President Barack Obama to a law that allows the victims of September 11 and their families to Institute legal proceedings in the American court civil claims against the government of Saudi Arabia. This means that the bill comes into force.
Obama vetoed this law, approved by Congress in last weekend.
According to Obama, the law may harm the national interests of the United States, as Saudi Arabia is one of the main allies of the country in the middle East, and the region is experiencing a deep crisis.
In addition, according to Obama, the law will allow other countries to respond symmetrically and file lawsuits against Washington. This can lead to a huge number of claims related to US military operations in the middle East.
The majority leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell has said that Congress is not completely aware of the consequences of the adopted law and now tries to correct its shortcomings.
The speaker of the U.S. house of representatives Paul Ryan also said that the law needs to be modified so as not to harm the American military abroad.
White house spokesman Josh Ernest said that ignorance is no excuse.
In the attack of 11 September 2001 was attended by 19 extremists, of which 15 were citizens of Saudi Arabia. The government officially denies any involvement in the attacks.
Relatives of the victims tried to sue the Royal family of Saudi Arabia and the country’s banks and charitable organizations suspected of financing the Islamists. However, current U.S. law provides significant immunity to lawsuits in American courts.
Saudi Arabia has previously stressed that in the case of a law ready to go to retaliate, for example, to cease contact officials, to limit U.S. access to military facilities in the middle East and to refrain from investing in the American economy.