UAE raises concern over new US law

Dubai, Sep 12 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has expressed concern about the US Congress adopting a law referred to as the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act”, authorities said on Monday.

Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said that this law, adopted by the US House of Representatives on September 9, is contrary to general liability rules and the principle of sovereignty enjoyed by states.

The bill authorises US courts to hear cases involving claims against a foreign state for injuries, death, or damages that occur inside the the country as a result of a tort, including an act of terrorism, committed anywhere by a foreign state or official, the Congress statement said.

“This law is not equal with the foundations and principles of relations among states, and represents a clear violation given its negative repercussions and dangerous precedents,” Abdullah said in a statement.

He stressed that the UAE is looking forward to the US legislative authorities reviewing the law and not ratifying it in light of the serious consequences associated with implementation of this law.

Abdullah also warned of the negative effects of the law on all countries, including the US, and the possible impact of chaos in the context of diplomatic relations, that might negatively affect international efforts and cooperation to combat terrorism.

The White House has said that President Barack Obama would veto the bill, arguing that the legislation could harm US’ relationship with Saudi Arabia and put American officials stationed overseas in jeopardy, Xinhua news agency reported.

–IANS

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