The oil-rich kingdom's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, who also heads the lucrative state-owned petroleum company Aramco, told The Wall Street Journal that the government was "not happy" about the passage of the September of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, also known as Jasta, which held foreign governments responsible for acts of terror committed by their nationals against the USA citizens.
More than 800 people - both people who were injured on 9/11 and family members of those who were killed - filed a lawsuit against the country of Saudi Arabia on Monday. It was initially vetoed by President Obama, who said it could hurt United States partnerships around the world.
The lawsuit, brought in the federal court that covers lower Manhattan, is years in the making. Congress overrode the veto. The Saudi government adopted an extreme form of Islam as its state religion and spent money across the Middle East to promote it, the lawsuit said.
It alleges that the Saudi government helped pay for the operation through its alleged funding of al-Qaeda terrorist camps and its logistical support for the group's transport of weapons, people and money around the world.
The Saudi government "actively supported al Qaeda in its final preparations for the September 11th Attacks through a network of the Kingdom's officers, employees and/or agents who met with and aided the hijackers, providing them with money, cover, advice, contacts, transportation, assistance with language and US culture, identification, access to pilot training and other material support and resources", the suit claims.
Saudi Arabia has been a willing financial backer of a number of political and military entities, including the Clinton Foundation.
As a result, the families of some 9/11 victims' families seek "relief" from the Saudis for events "attributable" to the Kingdom's "governmental Ministries and bodies, alter-egos, and officers employees...and agents" working within the duties of their roles as allegiant toward the Saudi government to "knowingly provide material support and resource to the al Qaeda terrorist organization". The findings, which were made partially public in July, did find indirect ties via a company associated with the former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US, but no conclusive link was reportedly established between the Saudi Arabian government and the events of 9/11.