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Newsline: Pride flags have been flown by U.S. embassies in Muslim majority countries

Pride flags have been flown outside U.S. embassies in Muslim majority countries. In 2022, a Pride flag was flown outside the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, where the more than 95% of the population is Muslim. In 2021, the rainbow flag was flown for Pride at the U.S. Embassy in the UAE, whose official religion is Islam, the press attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi confirmed to Reuters by email. (https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-pride-flags-embassy-idUSL1N2Y01EU) Such displays followed a change in policy by the U.S. Department of State under the Biden administration to encourage, though not require, U.S. missions to fly the Pride flag.

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