Aoun Voices Support for Jordan after Security Sweep

Bassem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan Bin Zaid

His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein today holds the trust, going on the path of fathers and grandfathers, reinforcing the building of a dear homeland governed by its constitution and laws, fortified with the awareness and cohesion of its people, and impervious to its well-established national institutions, which enabled Jordan to face all dangers and challenges and defeat them with God's help and care. "I hereby affirm that I shall remain observant to the covenant of the forefathers and loyal to their legacy, walking their path, honest to their history and mission and to his majesty the king, adhering to the constitution of the dear Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan", Hamzah wrote in an open letter to the king.

In a video passed to the BBC by Hamza's lawyer on Saturday, the Prince accused Jordan's leaders of corruption, apparently hoping to tap into the public's frustrations. AP's earlier story follows below.

"I think King Abdullah has confirmed himself in the saddle and his son Hussein has consolidated himself as the heir to the throne", said Jawad al Anani, who served as the last royal court chief under the late King Hussein.

Prince Hamzah said in a video recording he was under house arrest and had been told to stay at home and not contact anyone.

According to Perry, it is clear that Amman has suspicions regarding Netanyahu who made it clear that he would be very happy to get rid of Abdullah, and see another Jordanian ruler take his place; either another member of the royal family or from the army.

Prince Faisal said there were no direct channels between Saudi Arabia and Iran but that the Saudi kingdom was ready to talk "if Iran changes its behaviour".

"I'm not part of any conspiracy or nefarious organization or foreign-backed group, as is always the claim here for anyone who speaks out", he said.

In an exclusive interview, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud declined to speculate about which foreign parties were involved in the alleged plot, though he warned that any outside interference in the affairs of Jordan was "unacceptable".

Jordan's former crown prince Hamzah and his wife Basma.

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Under the "Abraham Accords" brokered by former USA president Donald Trump past year, four Arab countries - the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan - agreed to normalise ties with the Jewish state.

In the latest recording, Hamzah said that: "When the head of the joint chiefs of staff comes and tells you this, it's a bit". "I recorded his comments and distributed them to my acquaintances overseas as well as my family in case something happens". The individual said the recording was a few days old and made after the army chief threatened the prince.

In the message sent via a satellite link from his Amman palace, he lashed out at Jordan's "ruling system", saying several of his friends had been arrested, his security detail removed, and his internet and phone lines cut.

The pair were detained for "security reasons", Petra said, quoting a security source. The exercise did not appear to be related to the weekend incidents because such drills are planned well in advance.

Mr Safadi said that a "foreign intelligence agency" had been in contact with Prince Hamza's wife to supply them with a plane out of the country.

Officials said efforts were underway to resolve the crisis within the royal family, in the first such open rift in many years, but Prince Hamzah was not cooperative.

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. Domestically, Hamzah's unprecedented criticism of the ruling class - without naming the king - could lend support to growing complaints about poor governance and human rights abuses in Jordan.

Hamzah is the eldest son of Queen Noor and the late king Hussein.

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