Saudi foreign minister promises full probe into journalist’s killing
SAUDI Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-jubeir pledged on Tuesday that his government will conduct a thorough investigation to get to the truth behind the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.
At a press conference in Indonesia after meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, al-jubeir said the Saudi government is committed “to see that the investigation is thorough and complete and that the truth is revealed and that those responsible will be held to account.”
He also said “procedures and mechanisms (have been) put in place to ensure that something like this can never happen again.
After initially claiming that the Washington Post contributing columnist left the consulate alive, Saudi Arabia admitted Saturday that the US resident is dead, having been killed in a fight that broke out inside the consulate.
Indonesia on Monday called for a transparent and thorough probe into the killing.
Retno made the call after attending a meeting between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and al-jubeir at the Bogor Presidential Palace in the suburbs of Jakarta.
“The president expressed his concerns over the case and Indonesia expects the ongoing investigation to be done transparently and thoroughly,” Retno told reporters.
Indonesia’s restrained tone in not condemning Saudi Arabia over the killing, which al-jubeir himself called a “huge and grave mistake,” apparently reflected concern that Saudi Arabia could react by cutting the quota of hajj pilgrims from Indonesia.
Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, sent 221,000 pilgrims to Mecca on the hajj last year, the most of any country. That same figure was set as the quota for the hajj travel season this year in August, although the actual number of travellers has not yet been released.
The hajj refers to the pilgrimage that all Muslims are expected to make to Mecca, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and the holiest site in Islam, during their lifetimes if financially possible.
Saudi King Salman visited Indonesia last year, the first Saudi ruler to do so in five decades. – Kyodo