WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a symbolic gesture, the Palestinians have raised their flag over their diplomatic mission in Washington for the first time, as they continue a push for international recognition that is complicating the Obama administration's efforts to restart stalled Mideast peace talks.
At a brief ceremony on Tuesday, the Palestinian's chief envoy to the United States hoisted the red, green, white and black banner outside the PLO General Delegation office. He expressed hope it would help in the Palestinian quest to win support for independence with or without a peace deal with Israel.
The U.S. has long said it will not recognize a Palestinian state without a deal, but several other nations have done so and the Palestinians are seeking broader support to bring the matter to the U.N. in September.
Russia's president Dmitri Medvedev said that the Palestinians have a right to their own state, with East Jerusalem as its capitol. The Russian president is meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the West Bank.
Over the last month Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay have called for Palestinian statehood to be recognized.