US, regional leaders rally behind Jordan's King Abdullah II after

Marco Green
Апреля 5, 2021

"I believe that King Abdullah strengthened his authority and that his son, Hussein, consolidated himself as heir to the throne", said Jawad al Anani, who was the last head of the court during the reign of the late King 1999.

Jordan's former crown prince and half brother of King Abdullah II, on Saturday claimed he has been placed under house arrest amid a series of arrests in the kingdom of several high ranking people, including a member of the royal family and a longtime confidant of the monarch.

These included a foreign intelligence agency contacting Prince Hamza's wife to organize a plane for the couple to leave Jordan, he said.

Safadi said between 14 to 16 people were arrested for attempting to jeopardise the safety and stability of Jordan.

"Damage has happened. For the first time we have someone rocking the image of that peaceful, stable kingdom", said a former minister.

Hamzah was asked to "stop some movements and activities that are being used to target Jordan's security and stability", said General Yousef Huneiti, the army chief of staff.

According to the state-run Petra, Passem Awatalla and Sherif Hassan Ben Jait have also been arrested.

The pair were detained for "security reasons" after a "close" operation, Petra said, quoting a security source.

He denied being part of a foreign conspiracy and his mother Queen Noor described the allegations as a wicked slander. "God bless and keep them safe", she said on Twitter.

Many countries and groups have reacted saying King Abdullah has their full support.

Jordan's Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah addresses the United Nations General Assembly, at the United Nations headquarters, September 21, 2017.

FILE - In this December 10, 2020 photo released by the Royal Hashemite Court, Jordan's King Abdullah II gives a speech during the inauguration of the 19th Parliament's non-ordinary session, in Amman Jordan. "All the solidarity with the Jordanian leadership and King Abdullah in defending the gains of the Jordanian people, protecting their stability, and refusing interference in their affairs".

Official statements from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, Yemen, and the Arab League all backed King Abdullah.

He also added that no one is above the law and that Jordan's security and stability take precedence over any consideration. The report said the military was making an obvious reference to purported attempts to destabilize the country.

"The investigations had monitored interferences and communications with foreign parties over the right timing to destabilise Jordan", Safadi said.

"Lebanon's president and people stand by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the face of what might affect stability and safety in brotherly Jordan, which has always stood by Lebanon during the hard circumstances", Aoun said.

His Majesty King Abdullah was informed of the outcomes of the investigation and made a decision to directly converse with the prince and tackle the manner as a familial issue, according to the foreign minister.

The US State Department said on Saturday that King Abdullah is a "key partner" of the US. He has good relations officially with Abdullah, his half-brother, and is a popular figure close to tribal leaders.

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