TEMPO.CO, Jakarta- The Indonesian government speaks up on the case of a Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who went missing in Turkey, hoping the case will soon be revealed. The U.S. citizen and columnist at the Washington Post, Khashoggi, was reported missing on October 2 after entering Saudi Arabia consulate building in Istanbul.
Reports say that Khashoggi, who was critical of Saudi Arabia, was killed. "We regret that it happened; especially at the diplomatic environment, [at] a consulate office," said Indonesia's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir to the journalists in Jakarta, Thursday, Oct. 18.
"We hope that the truth can be revealed and the law can be applied," he added.
Turkish officials said they believe Khashoggi was murdered at the consulate and his body chopped up and removed. Saudi strongly denies the allegations and said it is investigating the disappearance of the journalist, who was critical of Saudi rulers, calling for reforms.
Regarding the issue of discussion about Jamal Khashoggi to take place at the bilateral meeting between Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir in Jakarta on Oct. 23, Arrmanatha said that the issue did not have a strong relationship with the bilateral relationship of both countries.
However, according to Arrmanatha, the upcoming meeting will not only talk about bilateral issues but also the global issues. "We'll see. We probably will touch on it (the Jamal Khashoggi case)," he remarked.