Audio evidence related to the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi contains "appalling" details of the crime, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said, as he continued to pile relentless pressure on his Saudi rival, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The paper said on Sunday that during a meeting with private businessmen in 2017, senior aides close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, inquired about killing Qassim Suleimani, the leader of the Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps.
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan arrive at the official dinner on the eve of the worldwide ceremony for the Centenary of the WWI Armistice of 11 November 1918 at the Orsay Museum, in Paris, France, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.
"Indeed when the Saudi intelligence officer listened to the recordings he was so shocked he said: 'This one must have taken heroin, only someone who takes heroin would do this'".
But Pompeo and US President Donald Trump have also both emphasized America's important commercial, strategic and national security relationships with the petro-state.
"And certainly that is not the position of the Saudi government", he said in Singapore.
Top Saudi intelligence officials close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked a small group of businessmen past year about using private companies to assassinate enemies of the Kingdom, The New York Times reported. Mutreb himself is a security officer who frequently traveled with the Saudi crown prince.
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"A member of the kill team instructed a superior over the phone to 'tell your boss, ' believed to be Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, that the operatives had carried out their mission", said the newspaper.
"We are waiting patiently", he said. "It must be revealed who gave them the order to murder".
His visit comes amid an global diplomatic crisis over the murder of Saudi journalist Khashoggi, a United States resident, at his country's consulate in Istanbul in October.
Turkey had 'allowed our intelligence services to hear recordings, and at no moment was there any reference to the mentioned phrase in the such recordings, ' the statement added.
Riyadh has arrested 18 people over the murder, including 15 members of the death squad.
"He still has the same influence", one of the sources said. In August, Saudi Arabia accused Canada of violating its sovereignty and froze new trade after Canadian officials called for the release of detained civil society and women's rights activists.
He also supervised the brief detention, humiliation and beating of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri previous year.
His comments were printed in pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper and other media on Tuesday.
The lawyer flatly rejected the plan, and the businessmen told the Saudis they would not take part in any assassinations.