Uber Ceo Calls Saudi Role in Jamal Khashoggi Murder a ‘Mistake,’ But It ‘Doesn’t Mean They Can Never Be Forgiven’ (Video)
In an interview with Axios that aired Sunday on HBO, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi appeared to downplay the Saudi government’s role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, calling it “a mistake,” but adding that “it doesn’t mean they can never be forgiven.”
However, in a written statement sent to Axios after the interview, Khosrowshahi disavowed his remarks, and said that Khashoggi’s “reprehensible” murder “should not be forgotten.”
Watch the interview, which includes Khosrowshahi’s follow-up statement, above.
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The remarks came during a discussion with Axios co-founder Mike Allen about Uber’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, one of the company’s largest investors. Allen noted that Uber pulled out of a 2018 Saudi conference shortly after Khashoggi’s death, and that it didn’t attend this year’s conference either. Khosrowshahi said the 2019 event was skipped because “we had a board meeting,” and that lingering fallout from Khashoggi’s death didn’t play a role in the decision.
Allen then asked if Yasir bin Othman Al-Rumayyan, head of the country’s Public Investment Fund, should be allowed to remain on Uber’s board. Khosrowshahi called Al-Rumayyan a “very constructive” board member whose input has been valuable.
The conversation then turned to the Saudi government’s role in Khashoggi’s murder. “I think that the government said they made a mistake… It’s a serious mistake — we’ve made ...
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