Jordan Queen Slams 'Wicked Slander' after Prince Detained

Jordan's King Abdullah II laughs with his brother Crown Prince Hamzeh right on Monday

Jordan's King Abdullah II laughs with his brother Crown Prince Hamzeh right on Monday

He also said that King Abdullah II met with his half-brother yesterday night and "ordered him to stop all actions that targeted Jordan's security and stability", to which Hamzah "responded negatively".

Hamzah accused the "ruling system" of believing that "its personal interests, that its financial interests, that its corruption is more important than the lives and dignity and futures of the 10 million people that live here".

"No one is above the law, and Jordan's security and stability are above all", he added.

"The Post reported that tribal leaders and members of the Jordanian security establishment are said to have been involved in the plot".

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

"Praying that truth and justice will prevail for all the innocent victims of this wicked slander. God bless and keep them safe", she tweeted.

Pro-U.S. Gulf Arab countries, which have many Jordanians working across public sector jobs, also immediately issued statements backing the king and his government.

It is rare for a senior member of the ruling family to express such harsh criticism of the government, and any sign of instability in Jordan is likely to raise concerns among the country's Western allies.

"We are closely following the reports and in touch with Jordanian officials", State Department spokesman Ned Price said. The BBC said it received the statement from Prince Hamzah's lawyer.

In the phone call, King Mohammed VI enquired about the situation in Jordan following reports of an attempted coup d'Etat, a statement from Morocco's royal cabinet has said.

Senior Emirati official Anwar Gargash said on Twitter Jordan's "wise policy to build bridges in a turbulent region was not an easy choice but was, and remains, the necessary direction". The country borders Israel, the occupied West Bank, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

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King Abdullah has ruled the country since the death of his father, King Hussein, in 1999.

Asked whether Hamzah could face charges, Safadi said that for the time being there were "amicable" attempts to deal with him, but added that "the kingdom's stability and security transcends" everything. Israel's Foreign Ministry declined comment.

He said that Jordan's crackdown on any sort of criticism has stoked fear in the country. "Our security and stability are not shaken".

Yemen's internationally recognised government "affirms its absolute support and totally stands with all decisions and measures taken by His Majesty King Abdullah aimed at maintaining security and ending any attempts to destabilise the sisterly Kingdom of Jordan", state news agency Saba said.

"I am not the person responsible for the breakdown in governance, for the corruption, and for the incompetence that has been prevalent in our governing structure for the last 15 to 20 years, and has been getting worse by the year", Prince Hamzah said in the video. Since then, King Abdullah has been a top US ally, often allowing USA troops to stage operations from Jordanian territory and participating in the anti-Islamic State campaign.

Hamzah is the son of the late King Hussein and his fourth wife, the US-born Queen Noor. The kingdom, which has scant resources, received some $1.5 billion in assistance from the U.S.in 2020 - a result of Abdullah's popularity among congressional leaders.

Mr Awadallah previously served as a finance minister and chief of the royal court, before he resigned in 2008.

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

"The country has really suffered under the COVID-19 pandemic economically".

Earlier on Saturday, Jordan's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Maj.

It declared independence in 1946.

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