Petra did not offer additional details on the arrests, saying that an investigation is underway.

Zaid is a distant cousin of King Abdullah II. His brother was Ali bin Zaid, an intelligence officer killed along with seven CIA operatives in 2010 in a suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan.

Saudi Arabia said it supports to King Abdullah’s decision to maintain the security of his country, according to a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency Saturday.

“The Kingdom affirms its complete stand by the sisterly Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and its full support with all its capabilities for all decisions and measures taken by King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein and His Highness Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II, Crown Prince, to maintain security and stability,” according to the statement citing the Royal Court.

The US State Department said on Saturday that King Abdullah is a “key partner” of the US.

“We are closely following the reports and in touch with Jordanian officials. King Abdullah is a key partner of the United States, and he has our full support,” said State Department spokesperson Ned Price in an email to CNN.

King Abdullah has ruled the country since the death of his father, King Hussein, in 1999.


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