The US Senate has passed legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages.
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) legislation passed unanimously on Tuesday.
It must next be taken up by the US House of Representatives where no vote has yet been scheduled.
Saudi Arabia denies involvement in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon 15 years ago, threatening to sell the kingdom’s $750bn worth of assets in the US if such legislation becomes law.
According to Noam Chomsky Saudi Arabia is “the center of radical Islamic extremism.” Chomsky adds that Saudi Arabia is “a source of not only funding for extremist radical Islam and the jihadi outgrowths of it, but also, doctrinally, mosques, clerics and so on, schools, you know, madrassas, where you study just Qur’an, is spreading all over the huge Sunni areas from Saudi influence.”
President Barack Obama has opposed the legislation.
Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, has said his country’s objection to the bill is based on principles of international relations.
“What [Congress is] doing is stripping the principle of sovereign immunities which would turn the world for international law into the law of the jungle,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.