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Palestinians expect ‘hundreds of leaders’ at UN flag-raising

PA envoy to United Nations says banner to be raised September 30, the day Abbas is to address General Assembly

Illustrative photo of a protester holding up a Palestinian flag (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
Illustrative photo of a protester holding up a Palestinian flag (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations said Saturday that he expects “hundreds of leaders” to attend the raising of the Palestinian flag outside UN headquarters later this month.

Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters Tuesday that the flag will be raised Sept. 30, the day that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN.

The General Assembly last week overwhelmingly approved the Palestinians’ flag-raising proposal, with just eight states opposing. It also approved the raising of the flag of the Holy See, which is the UN’s only other non-member observer state.

Two additional flagpoles have been erected, but it’s not clear when the Holy See will raise its flag. It has said it will not do so before Pope Francis’ UN visit Sept. 25.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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