Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi speaks to the media at an event in New Delhi. Picture: Reuters
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi speaks to the media at an event in New Delhi. Picture: Reuters

Uber CEO says he was wrong to call Khashoggi killing a 'mistake'

By Stephen Kalin Time of article published Nov 11, 2019

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Uber's chief executive

said on Monday the murder by Saudi Arabia, a major investor in

his company, of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year could not

be excused and that he was wrong to have described the killing

as a "serious mistake".

Dara Khosrowshahi was backtracking from comments he made in

an interview with "Axios on HBO" aired earlier in which he

compared the Washington Post columnist's murder by Saudi agents

inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate to a fatality caused by

one of his company's self-driving cars.

"It's a serious mistake. We've made mistakes too, with

self-driving, and we stopped driving and we're recovering from

that mistake," Khosrowshahi said in the interview. "So I think

that people make mistakes. It doesn’t mean they can never be

forgiven. I think they’ve taken it seriously..."

Khosrowshahi later said on Twitter: "There's no forgiving or

forgetting what happened to Jamal Khashoggi & I was wrong to

call it a 'mistake.'"

"I said something in the moment I don't believe. Our

investors have long known my views here & I'm sorry I wasn’t as

clear on Axios."

Khashoggi's killing sparked a global uproar, tarnishing the

image of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The CIA and some Western governments have said they believe

the crown prince ordered Khashoggi's killing. Prince Mohammed

has denied that but said he bore ultimate responsibility as the

country's de facto leader.

Asked about the CIA's assessment of the crown prince's

involvement, Khosrowshahi said: "I didn't read that part of the

CIA report ... but I think from a Saudi perspective, they're

just like any other shareholder."

Saudi sovereign wealth fund PIF acquired a 5% stake in Uber

in 2016 worth $3.5 billion. Its chairman sits on the board.


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