RIYADH (Web Desk) – Saudi Arabia could reduce security and intelligence cooperation with Washington after a US Senate allows 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom.
Cutting such cooperation is among the options available to Riyadh after Congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).
On Wednesday, the US Senate overwhelmingly voted to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia’s government.
The final vote was 97-1 against the veto. Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid was the lone “no” vote.
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, and Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats and is a former White House contender, did not vote.
The measure next goes to the House of Representatives, which was due to vote later on Wednesday. If two-thirds of House members also support the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act,” it would be the first veto override of Obama’s eight-year presidency.
The Saudi government, a frequent US partner in the Middle East, strongly opposed the bill, known as JASTA.