May 18, 2016
The White House rejected a bill passed by the US Senate to allow the families of Sept. 11 attacks victims to sue Saudi Arabia for compensations.
White House spokesman Josh Ernest said today that “this legislation will change an international law that has existed since long time ago regarding the sovereign immunity”.
Ernst said: “The president of the United States feels serious concerns that this legislation would make the United States vulnerable to the other court system in various parts of the world”.
Riyadh opposes the bill strongly denying any responsibility for the attacks that took place in 2001 and the Senate unanimously voted on the bill.
The aide in the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said that the draft law should be forwarded to the Council, where the Commission intends to hold a hearing to discuss it in the near future.
If the project becomes law, it will lift the sovereign immunity which prevent lawsuits against governments of countries found to be involved in terrorist attacks on US territory.[…]
Houthi’s flip-flop on the Agreements turns the talks back to the first square
May 18, 2016
After more than a month of Yemeni-Yemeni peace talks ongoing in Kuwait, yesterday the Houthi-Saleh rebels brought a new surprise. They retreat from their recognition of all references of the talks, and primarily the UN resolution 2216, which led to the fail of the last agreements and understandings, and pushed the government delegation to the suspension of its participation, but without withdrawing and leaving the consultations.
The head of the government delegation, foreign Minister Abdul-Malik al-Mikhlafi said that “After a month of talks in Kuwait, the rebels blow up the talks from its basis by not accepting the references and foundations, on top of them the legitimate government.” Mikhlafi added that he asked the UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed “not to allow the Houthis to waste more time, and to recreate a dialogue with them before resuming the talks.”
Sources close to the talks said to Al-Sharq al-Awsat that a member of the rebels delegation, Hamza al-Houthi, announced yesterday that “they do not recognize any legitimate government, and they will not recognize any except the Consensual Government they require.” The head of rebels’ delegation Mohamed Abdel Salam supported the ideas of al-Houthi […].