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US restarting 9/11 lawsuit against Saudi Arabia may cause many anti-U.S. int lawsuits - Obama

US restarting 9/11 lawsuit against Saudi Arabia may cause many anti-U.S. int lawsuits - ObamaFor years, family members of those killed on Sept. 11 and insurance companies tried unsuccessfully through the courts to hold Saudi Arabia or businesses and organisations there responsible for the terrorist attacks. Now that Congress has cleared the way, they're making a fresh effort.

This is reported by Associated Press.

Congress overrode former President Barack Obama's veto in late September.

Saudi Arabia, an important U.S. ally in the Middle East, had lobbied against the new law.

President Donald Trump had called Obama's veto "shameful."

Obama said he rejected it because it could open up the U.S. government to lawsuits around the world claiming that the United States has supported terrorism.

Sovereign immunity usually protects governments from lawsuits, but the bill creates an exception that lets litigants hold foreign governments responsible if they support a terrorist attack that kills U.S. citizens on American soil.

Previous efforts to hold Saudi Arabia, its officials, and banks and charitable organisations responsible for the attacks have failed in the courts.
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