JAKARTA, Oct.22 (JDN.id) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, twitted on Monday evening that he has expressed concern over the fate of exiled Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi to his origin country.
“Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir came to Bogor Palace this afternoon. Through him, I have conveyed several issues such as the call to keep spreading peace, economic cooperation, protection of Indonesian citizens, and concern over Jamal Khashoggi’s case,” Jokowi twitted.
Menteri Luar Negeri Arab Saudi Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir datang ke Istana Bogor, siang tadi.
Melalui beliau, saya menyampaikan beberapa hal seperti ajakan untuk terus mensyiarkan perdamaian, kerja sama ekonomi, perlindungan bagi WNI, dan keprihatinan atas kasus Jamal Khashoggi. pic.twitter.com/uTzJMkOjWb
— Joko Widodo (@jokowi) October 22, 2018
President Jokowi was accompanied by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi who will have a bilateral meeting with al-Jubeir on Tuesday.
“President (Jokowi) has conveyed his concern over the case and Indonesia hopes that the ongoing investigation can be done transparently and carefully,” Marsudi further told journalists after al-Jubeir’s courtesy call to the president.
She said al-Jubeir has explained to the president on the development of Khashoggi’s case.
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after visiting his country consulate office in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2. He never showed up since and based on his fiancée’s report, Turkish authorities started searching for Khashoggi.
The 60-year-old journalist had been exiled in the United States for a year and was working as a political columnist for the Washington Post, mostly criticising his government and urging for the country reform.
Turkish media revealed information based on the intelligence sources saying that the journalist was killed and mutilated inside the consulate office within seven minutes by a group of about 15 people believed to have arrived in Turkey for the assassination mission.
The media reports linked the murder with the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS.
Saudi government last week admitted that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate after international pressure. The kingdom previously denied the murder.