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Saudi FM in Jordan, Delivers Message from King Salman to King Abdullah

Saudi FM in Jordan, Delivers Message from King Salman to King Abdullah

Tuesday, 6 April, 2021 - 08:00
Saudi FM Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Jordanian counterpart in Amman. (Petra news agency)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan delivered a message reaffirming Saudi support for Jordan, the Jordanian foreign ministry said on Tuesday, amid frictions between King Abdullah II and his half-brother Prince Hamza.

The Saudi minister arrived on Monday in Amman and met with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi, the ministry said.

He delivered to King Abdullah a message from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

On Tuesday, Jordan banned all news outlets and social media users from publishing any content related to King Abdullah's half-brother Prince Hamza after the latter was accused of plotting to destabilize the country.

Prince Hamza pledged allegiance to King Abdullah on late on Monday after mediation by the royal family, two days after the military warned him over actions it said were undermining "security and stability" in Jordan and placed him under house arrest.

"To safeguard the secrecy of the investigations being undertaken by the security services in relation to His Highness Prince Hamza bin Hussain and others, Amman's public prosecutor has decided to ban the publication of everything related to the investigations at this stage," the state news agency reported.

It said the ban applied to all news outlets as well as social media platforms.

The government accuses Prince Hamza, who was heir to throne until King Abdullah removed him from the position in 2004, of liaising with people linked to foreign parties in a plot to destabilize Jordan and that he had been under investigation for some time.

The state news agency said those arrested included Bassem Awadallah, a US-educated confidant of the king who became minister of finance, and royal family member Sharif Hassan Ben Zaid.

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