Jordan’s king has gone public with a royal rift with his half-brother and formalized the former crown prince’s house arrest, calling him “erratic” in an unprecedented harshly worded letter published Thursday.
Jordan fully reopened its main border crossing with Syria on Wednesday in a boost for their struggling economies following a push by Arab states to reintegrate a country they have shunned during its decade-long war.
Syria’s defence minister visited Jordan on Sunday to discuss stability on their mutual border, the first such meeting since the Syrian conflict erupted a decade ago when Jordan supported foreign-backed militants, officials said.
The Amman International Book Fair, which had its 2020 program canceled because of the pandemic, will run from September 22 to October 2 within the halls of the Amman International Motor Show in Jordan.
Aides to the former Jordanian heir Prince Hamzah sought pledges of allegiance on his behalf from tribal leaders and former military officers in the weeks before he was detained, conversations caught on phone intercepts and listening devices suggest.
Saudi Arabia fervently denies involvement in Jordan's royal feud, but the arrest of an adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has stirred unease in Riyadh, which sources say is pushing for his release.
Jordan’s King Abdullah and former crown prince and half-brother Prince Hamza made their first joint appearance since a rift shook the country, attending a ceremony on Sunday marking 100 years of independence.