GCC Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani issued a statement on Monday prior to the White House statement, declaring that the law is “contrary to the foundations and principles of relations between states and the principle of sovereign immunity enjoyed by states.”
The vote followed the release of 28 declassified pages from a congressional report on 9/11, which reignited speculations over possible links of the plane hijackers to Saudi government officials. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar also issued statements against the bill on Monday.
"H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has expressed the UAE's concern about the US Congress adopting the law referred to as the ‘Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.’ He said that this law is contrary to general liability rules and the principle of sovereignty enjoyed by states," the statement said.