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Malabo – Countries participating in the 4TH Africa-Arab Summit will call on the United Nations Security Council to counter the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, know as JASTA, which was passed by the U.S. Senate earlier this year.

The law, which enables families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages, was strongly rejected worldwide, as several countries have described it as a violation to the principles of international relations and sovereign immunity.

Well-informed sources told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that a unanimous decision will be issued at the Africa-Arab Summit to call on the UNSC to counter JASTA as it violates the universal jurisdiction.

The African-Arab decision on JASTA will be among ten resolutions that will be issued by the Summit participants, according to the sources.

Asharq al-Awsat received a copy of the draft-resolution that will be submitted by African and Arab foreign ministers to the Summit leaders on Wednesday.

The draft-resolution is based on the UN Charter and the Arab League Charter, as well as the organic law of the African Union.

It expresses the Africa-Arab Summit’s deep concern over the repercussions of JASTA law, which would violate the principles of territorial sovereignty and universal jurisdiction. The draft-resolution also warns against the negative impact that the U.S. law would have on international relations.

The draft-resolution, stresses, on the other hand, Arab and African commitment to fight terrorism in all its forms in line with the relevant international resolutions and underscores the need to promote international cooperation in this regard.

The 4th Africa-Arab Summit will kick off on Wednesday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in the presence of 24 heads of states.