US: Jordan’s King Abdullah ‘has our full support’; kingdom denies coup plot

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The United States issues its first official response to the wave of arrests in Jordan for “security reasons.”

“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,” State Department spokesman Ned Price says in a statement.

Along with the arrests of senior officials, the head of Jordan’s armed forces said Abdullah’s half-brother Prince Hamza, the former crown prince, was told to stop “movements and activities” that endanger the country’s security and stability.

Saudi Arabia says it stands by Jordan, after Jordanian security forces arrested a series of officials for “security reasons.”

A statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency says Riyadh fully backs the measures taken by Jordanian King Abdullah II to ensure stability and security in the Hashemite kingdom.

Bahrain also voices its support for Jordan, as do Egypt and the Palestinian Authority.

Jordan has denied reports it arrested Prince Hamza, Abdullah’s half-brother and a former crown prince, over an alleged coup plot, but said he was told to halt all “activities” that threaten the country’s stability.

Source : Times Of Israel