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US pulls out of UNESCO, citing ‘anti-Israel’ bias

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Reuters

The US is pulling out of the UN’s cultural and educational organisation UNESCO, accusing it of ‘anti-Israel’ bias.

Anonymous officials at the US state department said the country would establish an observer mission at the Paris-based organisation to replace its representation.

UNESCO responded by saying that the withdrawal was a loss to the ‘UN family’ and to multi-lateralism. ‘After receiving official notification by the United States Secretary of State, Mr Rex Tillerson, as UNESCO Director-General, I wish to express profound regret at the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from UNESCO,’ said UNESCO director general Irina Bokova in a statement.

The agency is best known for designating world heritage sites such as Syria’s Palmyra and the US Grand Canyon.

The US withdrawal from UNESCO will reportedly be effective from December 31.

The state department said in a statement: ‘This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects

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