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.

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.