Published: Mon, April 05, 2021
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Jordan in security sweep, king`s half-brother put under house arrest

Jordan in security sweep, king`s half-brother put under house arrest

"The move followed the discovery of what officials described as a complex and far-reaching plot that included at least one other Jordanian royal as well as tribal leaders and members of the country's political and security establishment".

Hamzah, who issued a scathing public denunciation of the government Saturday after being told not to leave home, was replaced as crown prince in 2004 by King Abdullah, who installed his eldest son, Hussein.

Mr Safadi did not identify the foreign countries allegedly involved in the plot, but he said a longtime senior official, Bassem Awadallah, who has business ties in several Gulf Arab states was involved.

The development prompted expressions of support from Jordan's neighbours and allies, including the US State department, whose spokesperson Ned Price said: "We are closely following the reports and are in touch with Jordanian officials".

The Saudi Royal Diwan stressed on Saturday the Kingdom's solidarity with Jordan and full support to the decisions of King Abdullah II that are aimed at preserving his country's security.

On the subject of talks this coming week about the Iranian nuclear deal, Prince Faisal said Saudi Arabia had been given assurances that any new deal would be more demanding of Iran when it comes to its ballistic missile capabilities and its support for armed groups in the region.

Jordan's powerful intelligence agency, with a pervasive influence in public life, has played a bigger public role since the introduction of emergency laws at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic past year, which civic groups say violate civil and political rights.

Sunday, His Majesty King Abdullah II received a phone call from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. 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", Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi said in a televised news conference. "The official media is totally silent and we know that there is much more to the story that we are not seeing".

Zaid is a distant cousin of King Abdullah II.

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

The official newspaper Al-Rai on Sunday warned that Jordan's "security and stability" were a "red line that must not be crossed or even approached", and said an official statement on the events was expected later in the morning.

"We support the steps taken by King Abdullah to maintain Jordanian national security, stressing that Jordan's security and stability is a supreme Palestinian interest".

"We are confident the worldwide community will work hard to ensure that the deficiencies in the [2015 nuclear accord] are eventually addressed and they will also address the regional instability that is caused by Iran's activities", he said. The eldest son of King Hussein's fourth marriage to Queen Noor (nee Lisa Halaby), Prince Hamzah was considered his father's favorite, and is close to the tribes that traditionally were the monarchy's power base.

Before becoming royal court chief in 2007, he was head of the king's cabinet in 2006.

On Saturday evening, Jordanian army Chief of Staff Maj.

It declared independence in 1946, and despite having little oil wealth, severely lacking water and repeatedly being rocked by wars on its borders, the kingdom has managed to survive the regional upheavals.

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