Statements on defusing public feud in Jordan’s royal family

BEIRUT (AP) —

Jordan’s palace and a confidant of a senior royal have issued statements saying that mediation has successfully resolved an unprecedented public feud between King Abdullah II and Prince Hamzah, his half-brother:

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Statement sent to The Associated Press from Malik R. Dahlan, a professional mediator and friend of the royal family who is a confidant of Hamzah. Dahlan is the principal of the Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy, with which Hamzah is associated:

“Mediation by Prince el-Hassan bin Talal, the Dean of the Hashemite Royal Family today have been successful and I expect a resolution shortly.

“This regrettable incident was the result of the clumsy actions of a senior security official and misrepresentation by a government official. It should have remained a family matter.

“The Royal Hashemite family has a long history and tradition of mediation, which is one of the many reasons for its formidable resilience and popularity.

“This moment can be seen as a pressure valve moment, and the King, in his wisdom, is using this opportunity to bring the family together, uphold the rule of law and resolve this matter with the dignity and the symbolism that it deserves. It is also a reminder for the international community to stand by the Hashemites and commend their honorable stance to address the dire economic situation of the Jordanian people and vulnerable refugee communities during these difficult circumstances.

“Prince Hamzah has a lot to offer the Kingdom and the Arab World- and could play a positive role working in a space where his passion for climate action would bring about change.”

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Excerpts from statement signed by Hamzah, as issued by the royal palace:

“The national interest must remain above all else, and we must all stand behind His Majesty the King in his efforts to safeguard Jordan and its national interests, and ensure the best for the Jordanian people, in accordance with the Hashemite legacy of dedication to serving the nation and supporting the head of the family and the leader of the homeland, may God protect him.

“In light of the developments over the past two days, I put myself at the disposal of His Majesty the King, and I reaffirm that I will always remain committed to the covenant of the ancestors, loyal to their legacy, following in their footsteps, devoted to their path and mission, and to His Majesty the King; and committed to the Constitution of the dear Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. And I will always remain the supporter of His Majesty the King and his Crown Prince.”

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