Aoun Voices Support for Jordan after Security Sweep

Jordan arrests ex-palace aide, others for ‘security’ reasons

Jordan arrests ex-palace aide, others for ‘security’ reasons

He said investigations showed that the prince's aides were in contact with external opposition.

In the video which is almost six minutes long, Prince Hamzah says the chief of the Jordanian armed forces told him he was "not allowed to go out, communicate with people or to meet with them".

"What has been published about the arrest of Prince Hamzah is not true", said Joint Chiefs of Staff head, Major General Yousef Huneiti.

Jordan's military told Hamzah to stop activities targeting the country's "stability and security".

According to the Petra State Office, US-trained Bassem Awadallah, confidant of the King for years and, among others, Secretary of the Treasury for some time, and Sharif Hassan Ben Zaid were also arrested.

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

Through the video Prince Hamzah denied any wrongdoing and said he was not part of any conspiracy.

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"We are closely following the reports and in touch with Jordanian officials", said US State Department spokesman Ned Price.

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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.

After the arrests, the Saudi royal court expressed full support for King Abdullah, as well as Egypt, Lebanon and Bahrain.

Several hours later, Hamzeh passed on a video to the BBC in which he said that he was forbidden from communicating with people or using Twitter after being told that he had participated in meetings in which the king was criticized.

Stability in Jordan and the status of the king have always been a concern throughout the region, particularly during the Trump administration, which gave unprecedented support to Israel and sought to isolate the Palestinians, including by slashing funding for Palestinian refugees. The report said the military was making an obvious reference to purported attempts to destabilize the country.

The authorities intercepted communications between Hamza and foreign parties over the timing of steps to undermine Jordan's security, Safadi said at a news conference.

Oman completely stands by Jordan under the leadership of King Abdullah and firmly supports anything that preserves Jordan's security, sovereignty and stability, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"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".

Under the "Abraham Accords" brokered by former USA president Donald Trump previous year, four Arab countries - the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan - agreed to normalise ties with the Jewish state. "God bless and keep them safe", tweeted his American-born mother, Queen Noor Sunday. He has good relations officially with Abdullah, his half-brother, and is a popular figure close to tribal leaders.

He had been a rising figure in Jordan, playing a key role in pushing for economic reforms in the cash-strapped country until he resigned in 2008.

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