Relatives of the victims of September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have spoken out against US President Joe Biden attending commemorative events this year if he does not fulfill his promise to declassify some government documents about the circumstances of the tragedy, NBC reports, citing the text of the statement that came to his disposal.
A group of almost 1.8 thousand people, including relatives of the victims, emergency services workers, and survivors of the terrorist attack, urge the president not to attend commemorative events in New York and Shanksville (Pennsylvania) on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. The authors of the appeal want the president first to publish documents that, in their opinion, contain evidence of the connection of the Saudi authorities with the terrorist attacks. The group claims that while still a presidential candidate, Biden pledged to disclose as much information about the tragedy as possible but did not do so the TV channel reports.
The drafters of the appeal believe that since the completion of the work of the commission to investigate the terrorist attacks in 2004, a lot of evidence of Saudi Arabia’s involvement was discovered, but the American authorities kept them secret. “We can’t… to receive the president in our sacred places until he fulfills his obligation, ” NBC quotes an excerpt from the address.