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US Senate to vote on Friday to allow 9/11 victim’s families to sue Saudi Arabia

Objections made by the White House on the bill fearing that US' diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia may turn sour if the bill is passed
US 9/11 Attacks

The US Senate will vote on Friday on an important bill that seeks to let the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over alleged links to the attacks happened in New York, reported Washington Post quoting a GOP leadership aide.

The reported added that, many members seems to be mooting the bill, timed on the occasion of 15th anniversary of the Twin Towers attack, though it may be vetoed.

But, it is likely to be send to the president’s desk, despite severe objections made by the White House over reservations that US’ diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia may turn sour. US feels it would create problems for its officials overseas.

The bill, though getting the nod of the Senate last May despite fears that the White House may veto it, can allow courts to deny foreign officials’ from claiming immunity if they resort to terrorist acts on American soil.

The reported added that, many members seems to be supportive of the bill, timed on the occasion of 15th anniversary, though it may be vetoed.

The bill, though getting the nod of the Senate last May despite fears that the White House may veto it, can allow courts to deny foreign officials’ from claiming immunity if they resort to terrorist acts on American soil.

The bill has been championed by 9/11 victims’ kin in the hope of suing Saudi officials alleged to have helped to run charities and networks that are linked to terrorists.

But, Saudi Arabia has denied long back against allegations by the families and even actively campaigned against the bill. But bills supporters dismissed these saying, if Saudi Arabia had no role in the attack then it doesn’t need to panic at all.

When the Senate has passed the bill, lawmakers were demanding that the 28 classified pages of enquiry by Congress on 9/11 be released.

They added, it contains information on alleged connections between the Arab state’s officials and the hijackers.
But, even after the release of those pages, no fresh information came out on the alleged nexus as claimed by victims’ families.

But this development didn’t deter lead House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to announce that “this ultimately doesn’t change what we know.”

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