President Obama vetoes 9/11 victims’ bill

obama2US President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government.

President Obama said he felt “deep sympathy” for the families but that the law would be “detrimental to US national interests”.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister had warned that the bill could cause his government to withdraw US investments.

The country denies any involvement in the 2001 attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people.

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers that targeted the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were Saudi citizens.

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SOURCES: News Now/BBC News

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.