The head of the
six-nation GCC said the law was "contrary to the foundations and
principles of relations between states and the principle of
sovereign immunity enjoyed by states," GCC Secretary General
Abdullatif al-Zayani said in a statement.
Qatar and the United Arab Emirates also issued condemnations of
"Such laws will negatively affect the international efforts and
international cooperation to combat terrorism," UAE Foreign
Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said in a statement
carried by state news agency WAM.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the "Justice Against
Sponsors of Terrorism Act," known as JASTA, on Friday but the
White House has threatened to veto the measure.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who crashed airliners in New York,
outside Washington and in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001 were
Saudi nationals, but the Saudi government has strongly denied
responsibility and has lobbied against the bill.
(Writing By Noah Browning; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
[© 2016 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2016 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.