In Jordan, Abbas expresses solidarity with king amid turmoil

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has arrived in Jordan on his way to Germany, the official Palestinian Authority mouthpiece WAFA reports.

Abbas took advantage of his time in the Jordanian capital Amman to issue a statement expressing support for the Jordanian government, which has seen increasing turmoil recently following an internal power struggle.

Illustrative: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (R) embraces King Abdullah II of Jordan as he arrives to meet with him at the Royal Palace in the capital Amman on August 8, 2018. (AFP/Pool/Khalil Mazraawi)

“When these events occurred, we saw the whole world, without exception, standing by Jordan and by His Majesty, and this is evidence of the great respect and great interest in this peaceful and secure country, for which we always wish safety and security,” Abbas says.

Jordanian officials have described this weekend’s events as an attempted coup; those accused of plotting against the current regime have denied the accusations.