GCC Shura, representatives and national councils reject US JASTA bill

MANAMA, 23rd November, 2016 (WAM) -- Speakers, presidents and chairmen of the GCC Shura, representatives and national councils and assemblies deeply condemned and denounced the terrorist act recently carried out by the Houthi militias against Makkah.

At the end of their 10th session held in Manama today, the parliamentary leaders said in a statement that tampering the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the feelings of the Muslims is tampering the security and feelings of the GCC countries and their people as well. They called on all countries, organisations and commissions of the international community to take serious and effective steps to prevent a repetition of such terrorist acts in future and put forth continuous efforts to help the Arab Coalition efforts to bring about an end to the crisis in Yemen.

Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said that in a separate statement, the meeting rejected the U.S. Congress-drafted Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, JASTA, as a flagrant violation of the bases and principles of international relations, particularly the principle of equality of sovereign immunity, which is to be enjoyed by all sovereign states of the world.

The statement said that any breach of this rule would constitute a threat to the world security and peace.

It called on the U.S. Congress to reconsider the decision and not to give the final nod to implement it.

The UAE's delegation to the meeting was headed by Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council, FNC.


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