US and Is­rael to leave UNESCO

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

THE US is pulling out of Unesco af­ter re­peated crit­i­cism of res­o­lu­tions by the UN cul­tural agency that Wash­ing­ton sees as anti-Is­rael.

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu said Is­rael will fol­low.

While the US stopped fund­ing Unesco af­ter it voted to in­clude Pales­tine as a mem­ber in 2011, the state main­tained a Unesco of­fice in the head­quar­ters.

Unesco Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Irina Bokova said that the with­drawals were a loss for ‘the United Na­tions fam­ily’ and for mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism.

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