0907 GMT April 10, 2021
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman on Sunday reacted to the latest political developments in Jordan, highlighting the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Arab country.
Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters that any tension and instability in the Middle East would only serve Israel’s interests, IRNA reported.
"This regime's footprint can always be found in any sedition in Muslim countries."
Pointing to Iran’s cordial relations with Jordan, Khatibzadeh said Tehran “is opposed to any form of internal instability and foreign interference, and believes that all countries’ affairs should be pursued within legal frameworks”.
The remarks came after the half-brother of Jordan's King Abdullah II said Saturday he has been placed under house arrest and accused the country's “ruling system” of incompetence and corruption.
Prince Hamzah's videotaped statement came after the country's official news agency reported that two former senior officials and other suspects had been arrested for “security reasons," even as authorities denied that Hamzah had been detained or placed under house arrest, AP wrote.
Speaking in English in the video recording passed by his lawyer to the BBC, Hamzah – a former crown prince stripped of his title in 2004 — said he was visited early Saturday by the country's military chief and told he was not allowed to go out, communicate with people or meet with them.
Hamzah said he had been informed he was being punished for taking in part in meetings in which the king had been criticized, though he said he was not accused of joining in the criticism.
“I’m not part of any conspiracy or nefarious organization or foreign-backed group, as is always the claim here for anyone who speaks out," he said.
The widow of Jordan’s late King Hussein on Sunday defended her son, Prince Hamza, against allegations that he carried out actions targeting “security and stability” in the kingdom.
Queen Noor said the authorities’ accusations against Hamza were slander, Reuters reported.
“Praying that truth and justice will prevail for all the innocent victims of this wicked slander,” she wrote on Twitter. “God bless and keep them safe.”
Jordan’s neighbors and allies expressed solidarity with King Abdullah over the security measures in the kingdom.