Abbas lays first stone of Palestinian embassy in Brazil

Doves released to symbolize peace as Palestinian Authority president attends ceremony in Brasilia to place cornerstone in ground donated by Brazilian gov't which will become Palestinian embassy.

December 31, 2010 19:22
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

Abbas 311 AP. (photo credit: AP)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday laid the first stone of what is set to become a Palestinian embassy in Brazil.

Abbas carried out the ceremony in Brasilia, placing the stone in ground donated by the Brazilian government in the same district as other diplomatic missions.

Doves were released during the ceremony to represent peace, though one of the birds perched on Abbas’ head which provoked laughter among the crowds that gathered.

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