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The world stands in solidarity with His Majesty the King and supports his measures to preserve Jordan's security and stability
April 4, 2021
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Jordan’s neighbours and allies reacted with statements of support after the Jordanian military said on Saturday that King Abdullah’s half-brother and former Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein had been told to halt actions used to target the country’s “security and stability”.
In a statement published by the state news agency, it said the action was part of a broader security investigation in which a former minister, a member of the royal family and some other unidentified individuals were detained.
Following are reactions from different countries and groups:
“We are closely following the reports and in touch with Jordanian officials. King Abdullah is a key partner of the United States, and he has our full support,” U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said in an email.
“We are following closely the events in Jordan....Jordan is a greatly valued partner for the UK. King Abdullah has our full support,” James Cleverly, a junior Foreign Office minister, on Twitter.
“Jordan’s security and safety is a fundamental basis for the security and safety of the Arab world,” Lebanese Prime Minister designate Saad al-Hariri said on Twitter. “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.”
Kuwait’s foreign ministry expressed its support to all measures taken by King Abdullah and his crown prince to maintain the security and stability of Jordan.
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.
“The kingdom affirms its full support, with all its capabilities, to all decisions and measures taken by King Abdullah and His Highness Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, the Crown Prince, to maintain security and stability,” the Saudi royal court said in a statement.
In a separate statement, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said Jordan’s stability and prosperity was the “basis for the stability and prosperity of the whole region” and vowed “firm and lasting” support for it.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
The Ministry of Presidential Affairs stressed the UAE’s full support for all decisions and measures taken by King Abdullah and his crown prince to maintain Jordan’s security and stability and “to defuse any attempt to impact them”.
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”.
Egypt voiced support for King Abdullah and his efforts “to maintain the security and stability of the kingdom against any attempts to undermine it”, its presidency spokesman wrote on Facebook.
“This is an internal Jordanian matter. Jordan is a neighbour with which we are at peace, and a strategic ally of ours, and we should do everything to preserve this alliance,” Defence Minister Benny Gantz said in a statement. “A prosperous and strong Jordan is in our national-security and economic interest.”
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa affirmed full support to the decisions and measures taken by King Abdullah to maintain Jordan’s security and stability and “defuse all disruptive attempts,” state news agency BNA said.
“Iran is opposed to any internal instability and foreign interference and believes that all internal affairs of the countries should be pursued within the framework of the law,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, according to state media.
“Internal tension and instability in the West Asian region would be in favour of the Zionist regime (Israel) ... There are always traces of this regime in any sedition in Islamic countries.”
“The Iraqi government affirms that it stands with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II, in any steps taken to preserve the security and stability of the country and take care of the interests of the brotherly people of Jordan, in a way that boosts their presence, by relying on measures that aim to extend the respect of the state,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Qatar expressed its full solidarity with Jordan and full support to the decisions and measures issued by King Abdullah to preserve security and stability, and boost the process of progress and prosperity, state news agency QNA said.
It said strategic bilateral relations “will remain an honest and strong guard against any attempts to undermine the security and stability in the two countries and the region”.
Yemen’s internationally recognized 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 destabilize the sisterly Kingdom of Jordan,” state news agency Saba said.
“Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that we stand by the sisterly Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the king, the government, and the people,” the official Palestinian news agency WAFA 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.”
“The secretary-general of the Arab League expressed full solidarity with the measures taken by the Jordanian leadership to maintain the security of the kingdom and maintain the stability,” the Arab League said in a statement on its Facebook page, citing Ahmed Aboul Gheit.
“He also stressed his confidence in the leadership’s wisdom and its keenness to secure the country’s stability in parallel with the respect for the constitution and the law.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry voiced support for King Abdullah and the government of Jordan, and said that it was watching developments with concern.
“We do not see the stability and calm of Jordan, a country that is key to peace in the Middle East, as separate from Turkey’s stability and calm,” the ministry said in a statement.
Jordan's Prince Hamza (R) and his wife Princess Noor attend official celebrations of the 10th anniversary of King Abdullah's accession to the throne, in Amman June 9, 2009. REUTERS/Majed Jaber
Jordan arrests officials as part of 'security' investigations
04 Apr 2021
Jordan - Jordanian security forces have warned King Abdullah’s half-brother to stop “activities” used to target the nation’s security and stability as divisions within the western ally’s royal family were dramatically thrust into the open.
Major Gen Yousef Huneiti, Jordan’s army chief, said the warning to Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, who was crown prince before being dismissed in 2004, was “part of joint comprehensive investigations undertaken by security agencies,” according to Petra, the state news agency.
He denied a report that the former crown prince had been detained. But Prince Hamzah released a video, seen by the FT, in which he claimed he was under house arrest, while also launching a stinging attack against the ruling system, accusing it of corruption, nepotism and misrule.
Prince Hamzah said the result of the government’s failings were the “loss of hope that is apparent in pretty much every Jordanian; the loss of hope in our future, the loss of dignity and a life under constant threat”.
An unknown number of other people were arrested as part of the security forces investigation, including Bassem Awadallah, a former finance minister and chief of staff to King Abdullah, and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a distant member of the royal family, Petra said.
Awadallah has in recent years been an adviser to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Prince Hamzah said he was visited by the army chief and told he was not allowed to leave his house or communicate with people because there had been criticism of the government or King Abdullah at meetings at which Prince Hamzah had been present, or on social media relating to visits he had made.
He said he was not accused of making the criticisms, but added that a number of people he knew, including friends, had been arrested. He said his internet and phone lines had been cut.
Prince Hamzah said he made the recording to make it clear that he was not part of any “conspiracy or nefarious organisation or foreign backed group”.
“What you see and hear in terms of the official line is not a reflection of the realities on the ground,” he said. “I’m 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.”
The extraordinary events will raise concerns about the stability of Jordan, long regarded as an important western partner bordering Israel, Iraq and Jordan. King Abdullah, who is feted in Washington and London, is also seen as an important voice of moderation in the Middle East.
But the crisis in the ruling family has erupted as Jordan faces increasing economic and social pressures, which have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Gen Huneiti said “no one is above the law and that Jordan’s security and stability take precedence over any consideration.” He said the investigations were continuing.
Shortly after the arrests were announced, the Saudi royal court released a statement saying it affirmed its full support to the “decisions” and “measures” taken by King Abdullah to “maintain security and stability”.
Other governments in the region issued similar statements backing the Jordanian monarch.
A spokesman for the US department of state said the US was closely following the reports and in touch with Jordanian officials.
“King Abdullah is a key partner of the United States, and he has our full support,” the spokesman said.
Jordan has long depended on financial support from western and Gulf states and it is grappling with declining revenues and debts that have soared to about 100 per cent of gross domestic project.
Unemployment soared above 20 per cent last year as tourism, a key source of foreign currency earnings and jobs, and remittances were battered by the coronavirus outbreak.
Last month, there were reports that a number of patients died after a state hospital ran out of oxygen, causing the Jordanian health minister to resign.
In his video, Prince Hamzah said the country had been “stymied in corruption, in nepotism and in misrule”. —- Financial Times