AMMAN: Jordan’s King Abdullah II said on Wednesday that his half-brother Prince Hamzah was “with his family, in his palace, in my care”.
The prince on Monday signed a document pledging his support for King Abdullah after being accused over the weekend of working with foreign parties and other Jordanians in a plot to destabilize the country.
“Hamzah is today with his family, in his palace, under my responsibility,” King Abdullah said in an address read on his behalf on public television.
“Prince Hamzah pledged to the family to follow in the footsteps of the ancestors, to remain true to their mission and to place the interests, Constitution and laws of Jordan above all consideration.
It was the first time that the king made a public statement about the plot that led to the arrest of up to 18 people.
“I speak to you today, my family and my tribe, in whom I place my implicit trust and from which I derive my determination, to assure you that sedition has been nipped in the bud and that our proud Jordan is safe and secure. stable. Said the king.
“The challenge of the past few days has not been the most difficult or the most dangerous for the stability of our nation, but for me it was the most painful. Sedition has come from inside and outside of our one house, ”the king said.
“Nothing compares to my shock and pain and anger as a brother and as the head of the Hashemite family and as the leader of this proud people,” he added.
Shortly after the declaration, the King received a phone call from US President Joe Biden.
The president expressed his country’s full solidarity with Jordan and his efforts to safeguard its stability.
“They discussed the strong bilateral ties between Jordan and the United States, the important role of Jordan in the region and the strengthening of bilateral cooperation on multiple political, economic and security issues,” a statement said. the White House.
* Read the King’s full statement below *
“In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful,
Prayers and peace be upon our Prophet Mohammad,
My Jordanian compatriots,
The peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you.
I speak to you today, my family and my tribe, in whom I place my implicit trust and from which I derive my determination, to assure you that sedition has been nipped in the bud and that our proud Jordan is healthy and except; and it will always remain, with the grace of God, secure and stable, fortified by the determination of the Jordanians, and impenetrable by their cohesion and with the dedication of our valiant Arab army and security agencies working day and night to secure the homeland.
Our nation is used to facing challenges, and we are used to overcoming challenges, having defeated throughout our history all attempts to target the homeland, coming out stronger and more united, because being steadfast in our positions has a price, but no price will weigh on us for the path of righteousness traced by the ancestors and their noble sacrifices, for the prosperity of our people and our nation, and for Palestine, Jerusalem and its holy places.
The challenge of the past few days was not the most difficult or the most dangerous for the stability of our nation, but for me it was the most painful. Sedition has come from inside and outside of our one home, and nothing compares to my shock, pain and anger as a brother and as the head of the Hashemite family and as a leader. of this proud people.
But there is no difference between my responsibility to my small and big families, to Al Hussein, may his soul rest in peace, consecrate me from the day I was born to serve you, and I have dedicated myself and my life. to you, then we can continue together on the path of development and success, in the nation of pride, glory, love and brotherhood. My main responsibility is to serve Jordan and protect its people, its Constitution and its laws. Nothing and no one comes before Jordan’s security and stability, and it is imperative that the necessary steps be taken to honor this responsibility.
Our Hashemite heritage and Jordanian values have been the framework I have chosen to address the issue, in accordance with the words of God in the Holy Quran: “Who spend in prosperity and adversity, hold back their rage and forgive their fellow men “.
I decided to deal with the issue of Prince Hamzah within the Hashemite family, and I entrusted it to my uncle, His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal. And Prince Hamzah pledged to the family to follow in the footsteps of ancestors, stay true to their mission, and put Jordan’s interest, Constitution and laws above all consideration.
Hamzah is now with his family, in his palace, in my charge.
As for the other aspects, they are investigated, according to the law, until it is completed, so that its results are handled within the framework of our steadfast state institutions, in a manner that guarantee justice and transparency.
The next steps will be rooted in the yardstick that defines all of our decisions – the best interests of the nation and the best interests of our loyal people.
Our nation faces difficult economic challenges, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We realize the weight of these difficulties facing our citizens, and we face these and other challenges, as we always have, united within our Jordanian and Hashemite family, so that we can move forward our nation and embark on the second centenary of our state as one, building the future our nation deserves.
Jordan, with the determination of the Nashama and their dedication, will stand firm, grand in its values, will and principles, guided by steadfastness in the defense of the nation, unity in the face of adversity and justice, mercy and compassion in everything we do.
May God protect you and our proud Jordan and grant us success.
The peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you.
April 7, 2021. “