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The families of the victims who died in the devastating terror attack in New York have asked Mr Biden to not attend the event unless he declassifies files about the attacks. A letter signed by about 1,700 people, seen by Reuters, asks Mr Biden to release documents that would link the terror attack to the leaders of Saudi Arabia. The letter was signed by first responders and survivors of the dreadful atrocity.
The letter read: “Six months ago the 9/11 community had great hopes that president Joe Biden would be the long lost champion of those directly affected by this murderous attack on our nation, finally placing the values of truth, justice, and accountability before the interests of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
The letter added: “Twenty years later, there is simply no reason, unmerited claims of ‘national security’ or otherwise, to keep this information secret.
“But if President Biden reneges on his commitment and sides with the Saudi government, we would be compelled to publicly stand in objection to any participation by his administration in any memorial ceremony of 9/11.”
Mr Biden, when campaigning for the presidency, penned a letter to the families of 9/11 victims saying he would work with them and only withhold information “to the extent necessary to protect against the risk of significant harm to national security”.
The President also said his administration would “err on the side of disclosure.”
White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said the Mr Biden is committed to working to resolve the issue.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is now being sued for billions of dollars by the families of roughly 2,500 of those who were killed.
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The families of the 9/11 victims want to prove that Saudi nationals helped support two of the 9/11 hijackers.
These two hijackers were Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi.
The two men spent time in southern California in the months leading up to the attacks.
It has also been alleged they may have attained support from a diplomat in the Saudi embassy in Washington.
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The event next month will mark 20 years since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The attack saw 19 hijackers crash four passenger planes into the two World Trade Centre buildings, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.
The total lives lost from the terror attack numbered nearly 3,000 people.
It was the deadliest attack on US soil since Pearl Harbour where the Japanese launched a bombing raid on the US navy in 1941.
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