Top officials arrested in alleged plot against Jordan's King

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

"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.

The former crown prince, Hamzah bin Hussein, was ordered to not leave his home while reports of an attempt to overthrow King Abdullah II-the prince's half-brother-are being investigated.

Hamzah is the eldest son of late King Hussein and his American wife Queen Noor.

In a video the BBC said it obtained from his lawyer, Prince Hamzah said several of his friends had been arrested, his security detail removed and his internet and phone lines cut.

He said he told the army chief: "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".

"This is my last form of communication, satellite internet, that I have".

In a video that has gone viral, Hamzah is seen denying the allegations and overtly criticizing the policies of Jordanian authorities.

Joint Chiefs of Staff head, Major General Yousef Huneiti said the prince had been "asked to stop some activities that could be used to shake the stability and security of Jordan".

Official news agency Petra named former close aides to the royal family Bassem Awadallah, chief of the royal court in 2007-2008, and Sherif Hassan bin Zaid among an unspecified number of suspects arrested.

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Jordan would investigate whether there was a foreign hand in the plot, said the former U.S. official.

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

Jordan's King Abdullah II, right, speaks across a table to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during a 2018 lunch at the royal palace in Amman.

Saudi Arabia expressed its full support to "any decisions or measures" taken by King Abdullah and Crown Prince al-Hussein to maintain the security and stability of the kingdom.

The remaining four members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman - also voiced their support in similar terms.

Following his work in the king's office and a stint as finance minister, Awadallah established new businesses in UAE and Saudi Arabia.

The US State Department said on Saturday that King Abdullah is a "key partner" of the US. According to the Congressional Research Service, there were approximately 3,145 United States soldiers deployed to the Kingdom as of June 2020, with the official aim of combating terrorists and promoting stability in the region.

The United States, which considers Jordan a critical ally and has partnered with the country for years on US -led counterterrorism operations, said that Abdullah had its "full support".

Jordan's 59-year-old king came to power in 1999, when King Hussein before his death elevated the British-educated, eldest son from his first marriage from his relatively obscure position as head of Jordan's special forces to become the new monarch.

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