U.S., Is­rael quit UNESCO

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Vargh­ese K Ge­orge

The U.S. on Thurs­day an­nounced its with­drawal from the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNESCO), ac­cus­ing it of “con­tin­u­ing anti-Is­rael bias.”

UNESCO is the first UN agency to have ad­mit­ted Pales­tine as a full mem­ber in 2011. As re­quired by law, the U.S. has stopped fund­ing UNESCO since then. The U.S. with­drawal will take ef­fect on De­cem­ber 31, 2018. Un­til then, it will re­main a full mem­ber.

Is­rael has also de­cided to pull out of UNESCO, Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu said. “The Prime Min­is­ter has in­structed the For­eign Min­istry to pre­pare Is­rael’s with­drawal from the or­gan­i­sa­tion along­side the U.S.,” his of­fice said in a state­ment.

(With in­puts from AFP)

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