Entitled the Justice against State Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA, the bill is supported by the families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington who hope to sue the Saudi government for its alleged role in the attacks.
Last week, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted in favor of overriding President Barack Obama’s earlier veto of the bill.
Shortly afterward, Saudi Arabia expressed its “serious concern” over the proposed legislation.
“The adoption of such a law should be a source of great concern to countries that object to the notion of weakening sovereign immunity — a principle that has guided international relations for hundreds of years,” the Saudi Press Agency quoted a Saudi Foreign Ministry source as saying.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had joined Saudi officials in voicing apprehension about the legislation.
“We expressed disapproval of the adaptation of the 9/11 victims bill,” Erdogan said.