US not good Mideast mediator: Iran's top leader
TEHRAN (AP) - Iran's top leader lashed out at the Unites States on Friday, saying that America is not a good mediator in Mideast peace talks because it allegedly always sides with Israel.
The comments by Mr Ayatollah Ali Khamenei came ahead of the second round of US-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace talks next week. The talks resumed after a five-year freeze.
Mr Khamenei argued that the results of any US-hosted talks will eventually damage the Palestinian side and force the Palestinians to "abandon their rights and encourage the occupier."
"The US is not a real mediator, it stands by the Zionists," he said. "Definitely .... it is against the interests of the Palestinians."