Abbas Accuses Iran of Trying to Sabotage Mideast Peace

In interview with Kuwait newspaper, Palestinian leader also says he may ask U.S. to help draft framework agreement for permanent settlement if peace talks stay stalled.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday accused Iran of trying using local Islamist elements to sabotage the Middle East peace process, according to media reports.

The Palestinian leader also told a Kuwaiti newspaper during his visit there that peace negotiations could not continue with Israel as long as construction continued in West Bank settlements.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaking at a ceremony in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 8, 2010. AP

He said that if the negotiations remained stalled, the Palestinians were considering asking the United States to draft a framework agreement for a permanent Middle East agreement.

Abbas also hinted that he might resign from his post if Israel continued its policies in the West Bank.