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After his statements about Saudi Arabia's human rights record and the killing of Khashoggi, an American golfer apologizes

After his statements about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and the killing of Khashoggi, an American golfer apologizes

Atlanta, USA (CNN) – Six-time major golfer Phil Mickelson has repeatedly said he never condone human rights abuses as he apologized again for the “wounded” feelings caused by his controversial statements about the government. Saudi Arabia.

“I never condone human rights violations,” Mickelson said in statements he made at a press conference for the “LIV Golf” championship, which is supported by the Public Investment Fund in Saudi Arabia, whose board of directors is chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

And the American golfer added, “I realize what happened to Jamal Khashoggi, and I think it’s terrible,” he said.

The 51-year-old American golfer confirmed that he believes LIV Golf will bring great benefit to the game, adding: “I have also seen the good that golf has brought throughout history and I believe LIV Golf will do a lot of good to the game as well.” his expression.

And Michlon has no intention of withdrawing from the “PGA” tour and has confirmed that he was awarded the right to participate due to his “lifetime membership that he got and worked hard to get it,” he said.

The American golfer confirmed that he will play in the US Open next week and expressed his hopes to participate in the future “Ryder Cup” competitions.

Michelson had made statements criticizing Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and holding the kingdom responsible for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in his country’s consulate in Istanbul, in a press interview he gave in 2021.

The American golfer had announced that he would be away from the game for a while after the criticism he was subjected to as a result of his statements, and he lost a number of sponsors as a result of that as well.

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