Saudi prince says ample evidence of Iran plot

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Posted: Nov 15, 2011 3:09 PM
Saudi prince says ample evidence of Iran plot

Saudi Arabia's former ambassador to the U.S. says it's inevitable that Syria's president will step down in the face of growing popular opposition.

Prince Turki al-Faisal, who once served as Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief, also told reporters Tuesday there is "ample and heinous evidence" that Iran plotted to hire Mexican drug gang members to kill the current Saudi envoy to the United States, as the U.S. charges.

Turki urged Iran to prosecute any of its citizens who played a role in the alleged plot. Iran calls the allegations "baseless."

Turki said it was "inevitable" that Syria's Bashar al-Assad "will have to step down in one form or another," because he has not responded to calls to halt the violence against protesters. Turki said he was speaking as a private citizen.