US Plans To Withdraw From 'Anti-Israel' UNESCO

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova of Bulgaria

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova of Bulgaria

While the United States withdrew from the group, the Trump administration said it wanted to continue to be engaged with Unesco to provide American perspective and expertise, but as a nonmember observer.

The United States plans to withdraw from UNESCO, the U.N.'s cultural and educational agency, diplomats said on Thursday, dealing a further blow to an organization hobbled by regional rivalries and a lack of funds. The decision comes after a number of resolutions were criticised by UNESCO, which was termed as anti-Israel by the United States. There were speculations going on since a bit of time and the same was formally announced on Thursday. Since then, the UNESCO has maintained its office in Paris headquarters.

In addition, the Trump administration's proposed budget for the next fiscal year contains no provision for the possibility that UNESCO funding restrictions might be lifted.

The U.S. pulled out of UNESCO in the 1980s because Washington viewed it as mismanaged and used for political reasons, then rejoined it in 2003.

According to the American Foreign Policy news site, the White House is planning to pull out of UNESCO in an attempt to save money and due to the United Nations body's anti-Israel bias.

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