Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber Technologies Inc., listens to a panel discussion at Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York, USA, Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi expressed regret for describing the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a "mistake."
Khosrowshahi made his original comments on Axios in the HBO TV series.
Referring to the government of Saudi Arabia, the Uber boss told Axios, "I think that government said they made a mistake."
"It's a serious mistake," Khosrowshahi said on the show, adding, "We also made mistakes, right? -Driving, and we stopped driving, and we come after that error. I think people make mistakes, that doesn't mean they can never be forgiven. I think they have taken it seriously. "
Saudi Arabia is Uber's fifth largest shareholder and the head of the sovereign wealth fund is a member of the board.
When asked by CNBC for a comment, an Uber representative pointed to Khosrowshahi's statement to Axios expressing regret for the language he used on the show. "I said something at the moment that I don't believe. When it comes to Jamal Khashoggi, his murder was worthy of criticism and should not be forgotten or excused," Khosrowshahi said in the statement.
Last month marked the one year anniversary since Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist living in the United States, was killed. The Saudi citizen was a prominent critic of the kingdom and of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
His death triggered a global furor surrounding the Saudi royal family when his killing took place in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, and was carried out by a 1[ads1]5-man hit group traveling from Saudi Arabia with diplomatic passports.
Saudi Arabia's ruling family has repeatedly denied that it ordered the killing of Khashoggi, but there has been evidence since his death that implicates high-level Saudi officials, and the CIA concluded that the Crown Prince ordered his murder.
The Crown Prince recently said he takes "full responsibility" for the murder, but denied claims that he ordered the murder. In an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," he said the killing was a "heinous crime" and a "mistake" by individuals working for the Saudi government.
See Khosrowshahi's interview with Axios on HBO here.
– CNBC's Holly Ellyatt contributed to this report.