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US President Joe Biden speaks to the media about the August employment report at the White House State Dining Room in Washington, DC, USA, September 3, 2021. Illustrative image.| Photo: JIM LO SCALZO/EFE
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, signed on Friday (3) an executive order for the Department of Justice and other government agencies to review documents related to the investigation of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, with the objective to break their secrecy.
The announcement came just days before the 20th anniversary of the attacks orchestrated by the al-Qaeda terrorist network that killed nearly 3,000 people.
“When I ran for president, I committed to ensuring transparency in the breach of confidentiality of documents related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. As we approach the 20th anniversary of that tragic day, I am living up to that commitment “Biden said in a statement.
In early August, hundreds of survivors and relatives of the victims of the attacks asked Biden not to attend the events honoring the victims of the attacks unless the government released new files on what happened, especially on whether Saudi Arabia played a role. .
The US Congressional committee investigating the attacks concluded that there was no evidence that the Saudi government or senior officials in the Arab country had provided resources to the terrorists involved in the attacks, 15 of whom were of Saudi origin.
However, several members of Congress and victims’ associations have been calling for years for more transparency regarding US documents on the attacks, which all the country’s presidents have so far refused to reveal.
The White House has not clarified the impact of the executive order Biden signed on Friday, and therefore it is unclear whether this action will satisfy the demands of survivors and victims’ families.