Saudi for­eign min­is­ter prom­ises full probe into jour­nal­ist’s killing

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

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

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