Obama to travel to Saudi Arabia amid tension over 9/11 law


Agence France-Presse | Telegraph

Barack Obama heads to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday amid tensions over congressional legislation which would potentially allow the royal government to be sued in American courts over the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The bill has yet to make it to the Senate floor, but already it has triggered outrage in Riyadh and threatens to further poison the already strained ties between Washington and its longstanding Gulf ally.

The White House is desperate to scuttle the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which has bipartisan support and would allow 9/11 victims' families to sue the Saudi government.

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