19 Jan '11, 1am

The Palestine diplomatic mission in Washington hoisted its national flag for the first time, drawing an angry response

The Palestinian flag flies from the building housing the General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington on Jan 18, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - THE Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington on Thursday hoisted its national flag for the first time, a highly symbolic gesture that drew an angry response from a senior US lawmaker. The US State Department, enmeshed in an uphill struggle to revive stalled Middle East peace talks, said that the ceremony was approved several months ago and did not change the status of the Palestinian representation in Washington. Mr Maen Rashid Areikat, the envoy to the headquarters of the General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United States (PLO), raised the flag at a ceremony watched by journalists and others, the mission said. The statement said delegates from the State Departm...

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