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Arab League participates in Palestinian flag raising.

Cairo, Sept. 13 (BNA): The Arab League announced Saturday its Secretary General Nabil Al-Araby along with Arab Foreign Ministers will join Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in raising Palestine flag at the UN headquarters in New York City.

Arab League Assistant Secretary General for Palestine and Occupied Arab Territories Mohammad Sabeeh in a press statement described the raising of the Palestinian flag is "a symbolic and significant move.

"The raising of the Palestinian flag elicited an overwhelming approval within the UN General Assembly," Sabeeh said.

"The fact that 45 nations abstained from voting, mostly European Union (EU) countries, is not a negative sign. The fact that eight nations, including the United States, voted against the motion is a negative indication," Sabeeh added.

Sabeeh was highly critical of the US's vote against the Palestinian-drafted resolution. "It is incomprehensible given the magnitude of the issue," Sabeeh was quoted by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

Sabeeh downplayed US justifications for voting against the move. "The US actually has a history of opposing UN decisions that support the Palestinian cause," he added.

"The Palestinians will persevere until our aspirations for statehood are realized," Sabeeh asserted.

The UN voted overwhelmingly in favor of raising the flag of Palestine at its headquarters in New York City, a symbolic move giving hope to Palestinians seeking to attain full UN membership, KUNA reported.

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BNA 0636 GMT 2015/09/13

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