Jordan's Queen Noor calls coup plot allegations 'wicked slander'

Jordan's Prince Hamzah bin al Hussein and Prince Hashem bin al-Hussein

The Washington Post said Jordanian authorities detained Hamza and arrested almost 20 other people after what officials called a "threat to the country's stability".

Jordan's King Abdullah II laughs with his half-brother, then-crown prince Hamzah Bin Hussein, right, on April 2, 2001.

Between 14 and 16 people had been arrested in connection with the plot, Safadi said. "King Abdullah is a key partner of the United States, and he has our full support", State Department spokesperson Ned Price told CNN.

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.

In Jordan, that news of the alleged coup has gone public by way of brief statements and virtual silence from the local press has several political observers to speculate that the coup may be a cover story for another political maneuver, said Jordanian political analyst Amer Sabaileh.

Jordan's traditional allies, including the US, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have expressed support for King Abdullah. The report said the military was making an obvious reference to purported attempts to destabilize the country.

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 details remained murky, but any internal unrest would raise alarms among the US and other Western nations, which have long viewed Jordan's ruling monarchy as a key military ally and a bastion of stability in a volatile region.

"The investigations found foreign interference and contacts including contacts with foreign parties around the best timing to begin taking steps to undermine the security of our Jordan", Safadi said. Jordan, a resource-poor desert kingdom slightly smaller than ME, retains outsize importance because of its reputation for stability. The king has cultivated close relations with USA and other Western leaders over the years, and Jordan was a key ally in the war against the Islamic State group.

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At the same time, the king's tough reaction - placing his popular half-brother under house arrest and accusing him of serious crimes - illustrated the limits on public dissent he is willing to tolerate.

"We support the decisions taken by King Abdullah II to preserve Jordan's security and ensure its stability and unity".

The secretary general of the Arab League, in a statement posted on Facebook, said the organisation "expressed full solidarity" with the measures taken to maintain security and stability.

He said Mr Awadallah had also been planning on leaving the country.

Hamzah is the eldest son of American-born Queen Noor and the late King Hussein.

"I believe that King Abdullah strengthened his authority and that his son, Hussein, consolidated himself as heir to the throne", said Jawad al Anani, who was the last head of the court during the reign of the late King Hussein.in 1999.

The prince initially met the Chairman of Joint Chief of Staffs who warned the prince against carrying out activities that pose a threat to the country.

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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