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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

US Senate’s 9/11 vote raises heat on Saudi Arabia — FT.com

US Senate’s 9/11 vote raises heat on Saudi Arabia — FT.com:

"The US Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override a presidential veto on a bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. The legislation is part of a potential sea change in the kingdom’s relationships with the west over its alleged connection to religious extremism and its conduct of the war in Yemen.

Despite fierce last-minute lobbying by the administration and the Saudi embassy in Washington, the Senate voted 97-1 to support the bill, which President Barack Obama vetoed last week.

While Riyadh is still considered by the US and Britain to be a critical partner in counter-terrorism operations and the fight against Isis, the Saudis are having to adjust to a more openly critical political mood in many capitals."



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