Middle East

Jordan king, prince appear for 1st time since rift

Royal family mark centenary anniversary of Jordan’s establishment

Laith al-Jounaidi   | 11.04.2021
Jordan king, prince appear for 1st time since rift King of Jordan Abdullah II (front R), Prince Hamzah bin Hussein (rear C) and Prince Hassan bin Talal (L) visit the mausoleum of the Hashemite royal family due to the 100th anniversary of the founding of Jordan in Amman, Jordan on April 11, 2021. The former Crown Prince Hamza, who recently came to the fore with the accusation of "interfering with foreign forces in some activities targeting the security of the country", was seen with King Abdullah II for the first time. ( Jordanian Royal Council - Anadolu Agency )

AMMAN, Jordan

Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Sunday appeared with former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein for the first time since a rift shook the kingdom last week.

A statement by the Royal Court said a number of the royal family members, including Prince Hamzah and Crown Prince Hussein, joined the king in visiting the graves of Jordan's founders King Abdullah I and King Talal in Amman to mark the centenary anniversary of Jordan’s establishment on April 11, 1921.

On Wednesday, Prince Hamzah pledged loyalty to the Jordanian monarch following mediation by the royal family.

King Abdullah said in a televised statement that the rift with his half-brother was over and that Prince Hamzah was under his care.

Last week, authorities announced that "preliminary investigations" showed Prince Hamzah's involvement with "foreign parties" in "attempts to destabilize the security of the country" and "mobilizing citizens against the state."

Prince Hamzah denied the allegations in a video in which he also stated that he was under house arrest.

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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