MORONI: Comoros President Azali Assoumani has provoked anger by saying the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was an internal Saudi matter that did not warrant the international outrage it had triggered, reports Reuters.
“What’s wrong when a Saudi is assassinated in an embassy of Saudi Arabia?” Assoumani said in reference to Khashoggi during a speech at a function on Thursday to launch the construction of a Saudi-funded road in the Indian Ocean island nation.“I request that you transfer this (matter) to (Saudi) King Salman and tell him not to worry. Every day hundreds and hundreds of people die in the world and no one condemns it.”
The Saudi ambassador to Comoros, Hamad Ben Muhammad Alhajiri, was present at the function and made no comment on Assoumani’s remarks.
However, the Comoros branch of the international francophone press association said it was dismayed by the comments.
“Comorian journalists solemnly ask the head of state to retract these remarks, which have shocked not only journalists but public opinion,” UPF-Comores said in a statement.
“We wonder what awaits us in our country when our president publicly shows disdain towards the assassination of a Saudi journalist who was critical of the regime of his country.”