KRG PM, president voice ‘full support’ for Jordan’s King Abdullah

KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani speaks to reporters in Erbil, February 10, 2021. (PM office)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Senior Kurdish officials on Sunday voiced Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) “full support” for Jordan King Abdullah II, after Jordanian military prevented a plot to destabilize the country.

Jordan’s military foiled a coup against King Abdullah II and had placed former crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein under house arrest, according to Jordanian media.

Washington Post reported on Saturday that Jordanian authorities detained the former crown prince and King Abdullah’s half-brother Hamza bin Hussein and arrested nearly 20 other people after what officials called a “threat to the country’s stability”.

Army chief Yusef Huneity denied reports the prince had been arrested but said he was told to “stop activities that are being exploited to target Jordan’s security and stability”.

In a statement published by the state news agency, the military said the warning to Prince Hamza was part of a broader, ongoing security investigation in which a former minister, a junior member of the royal family and unnamed others were detained.

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister voiced “his full support” for King Abdullah and to all decisions and measures taken to preserve security, stability, peace and tranquility in the country, his office said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Region’s president affirmed “full support” for King Abdullah and the royal family as well as security and stability of Jordan and its people.

“Our hearts are always with them,” Barzani said.

On Saturday, the Iraqi ministry of foreign affairs also affirmed the country’s support for Jordan.

“The Iraqi government affirms that it stands with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II, in any steps taken to preserve the security and stability of the country and take care of the interests of the brotherly people of Jordan, in a way that boosts their presence, by relying on measures that aim to extend the respect of the state,” it said in a statement.

*This story was updated at 01:00 p.m. EBL time 

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