The European Union on Wednesday called on
President Barack Obama to block a U.S. bill allowing survivors
and families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi
Arabia, saying it was in violation of international law.
"The possible adoption and implementation of the (bill)
would be in conflict with fundamental principles of
international law and in particular the principle of State
sovereign immunity," the European Union delegation to the United
States said in a letter to the U.S. Department of State seen by
The letter said the EU considers that the bill's adoption
and its implementation could have unwanted consequences, as
other states adopt similar legislation.
Congress has overwhelmingly passed the Justice Against
Sponsors of Terrorism Act, known as JASTA, in reaction to
long-running suspicions, denied by Saudi Arabia, that hijackers
of the four U.S. jetliners that attacked the United States in
2001 were backed by the Saudi government.
Obama in coming days is expected to veto the bill on grounds
that other countries could use the law as an excuse to sue U.S.
diplomats, service members or companies.
But Congress could have the last word if the Senate and
House of Representatives each override that veto by a two-thirds