Saudis rethink US alliance after 9/11 law

Saturday, 1 October, 2016 - 15:30

It started after congressional support for Jasta (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act), which will allow relatives of those killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any suspected role in the plot.

Saudis responded to the passage of the bill, after both houses of Congress voted on Wednesday to override Obama’s veto, with a mix of anger and disappointment, while many have already begun thinking about how their country will need to adjust.

Saudi media began campaign against US and also mentioned such rivalry in region as Iran.

“America failed for 15 years to prove a role for the Saudi government in the 9/11 attacks, including in the congressional report and the 28 pages,” wrote Khalid Al Alkami. “#Jasta_Law Blackmail?”

“The goal of the Jasta law is to freeze the money of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its sources and to paralyse its movement in Yemen and Syria while releasing Iranian money to tip the balance,” noted Hutheifa Azzam.

Al Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, warned that Saudi investments in US could be withdrawn if Saudi Arabia feared that its assets were in jeopardy of seizure as part of US legal proceedings. It remains unclear if Saudi Arabia will start withdrawing those assets.