President Ahmadinejad said that direct peace talks which Western-backed Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas relaunched with Israel in Washington on Thursday after a 20-month hiatus were “doomed” to fail.

“What do they want to negotiate about? Who are they representing? What are they going to talk about?” the Iranian president said of the Palestinian leadership.

“Who gave them the right to sell piece of Palestinian land? The people of Palestine and the people of the region will not allow them to sell even an inch of Palestinian soil to the enemy.