JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The disappearance of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khasshoggi from Saudi Arabia has become the world’s attention including Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo. The country has announced the reporter has been murdered in their consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Friday (19/10).
In the meeting with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at the Bogor Palace on Monday (22/10), Widodo expressed his concern over the case that happened to Khasshoggi. The President requested that the investigation of the case be carried out transparently and thoroughly.
“President conveyed the case that happened to Jamal Khashoggi. So the President expressed his concern about the case and Indonesia hoped that the investigation being carried out could be carried out transparently and thoroughly,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi told reporters after the meeting.
Previously, the foreign ministry’s spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir, stated that Indonesia is very concerned about the incident. In addition, Nasir also hope that the perpetrators be immediately revealed.
“Hopefully we can quickly know the offender and the actual incident occurred, in order to take legal measures in force, both in Turkey and Saudi,” said the spokesman on Oct. 18.
When asked whether the Indonesian government has made direct communication with the Saudi government to suppress, Nasir revealed that Indonesia appreciates the ongoing investigation.
“It’s a case going on in Turkey, this is an issue that is being processed by the Turkish government. The information I get that the Turkish security authorities have got consular access to Saudi Arabia,” he said.
For information, Khasshoggi is a Saudi national who worked for the Washington Post. In the journalistic report, he often criticized the policies of King Salman‘s son, Mohammed Bin Salman.
Khasshoggi not yet seen since Oct. 2, when he went to the Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul in order to obtain official documents for the marriage to come. Last post The journalist who fell in the Washington Post before his disappearance, entitled ‘What the Arab World is Most Needed Freedom of Expression’.
His article focused on highlighting the need for a free press in the Middle East, because many Arabs live in a state of disinformation.
Regarding the loss of Khashoggi, the latest investigation showed terrible facts. An audio recording mentioned that he was killed. His murdered carried out by mutilation in just seven minutes. The footage comes from a source in the Turkish media that broadcast to the Middle East’s eye.
Times reported five suspects allegedly associated with the deaths Khashoggi. One of them is identified often become a bodyguard Mohammed Bin Salman, namely Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb.
Three other suspects related to security officers, namely Salman Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Mohammed Al Hawsawi, Thaar Ghaleb Al Harbi, and Mohammed Sa’ad Alzahrani. Meanwhile, one was the coroner Salah Al Tubaigy.
Beside talking on Kasshoggi issues, during the meeting, the President also gave direction on the importance of three things in bilateral relations, said Marsudi. First, Indonesia invites Saudi Arabia to continue to broadcast peace, tolerance and peaceful conflict resolution.
Second, is the importance of increasing economic cooperation, including with Muslim countries. The President said that the potential of Muslim countries is very large but has not been used optimally. This encouragement was also carried out by Indonesia in the context of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
“Actually, if we talk about potential problems, the potential of Muslim countries is huge and this potential has not been used optimally,” she said.
As for the third, President Widodo also entrusts the issue of protection for Indonesian citizens who live and work in Saudi Arabia.
“There are so many of our citizens who live and work in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, the President again entrusts the protection of Indonesian citizens to Saudi Arabia through the Minister of Foreign Affairs,” Marsudi ended.