RIYADH, 12th September, 2016 (WAM) – The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) expressed profound concern over the recently-passed United States (US) Congress legislation titled Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which is a blatant contradiction of the firm principles of international law, particularly the principle of equality of sovereignty among countries of the world as stated in the United Nations charter.

The GCC countries believe this legislation contradicts the principles of relations between countries, as well as that of sovereign immunity, a firm principle in international law and norm, said Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashed Al-Zayani, Secretary-General of the GCC, in a statement.

Undermining this principle would have a negative impact on relations between countries, including the US, apart from the global economic harm that could be caused by the passing of such a bill, he said.

The GCC countries are hopeful that the US will not adopt this legislation, which would otherwise establish an unhealthy precedent in international relations, as it embodies the instigation of chaos, instability in international relations, and drags the world order backwards, he added.

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