Is­rael and US to pull out of Unesco

The Scotsman - - World News -

Is­rael has an­nounced plans to pull out of Unesco af­ter re­peated crit­i­cism of res­o­lu­tions by the United Na­tions cul­tural agency that are viewed as hos­tile to the coun­try. The an­nounce­ment came shortly af­ter the US govern­ment said it would leave the agency. While the US stopped fund­ing Unesco af­ter it voted to in­clude Pales­tine as a mem­ber in 2011, the state depart­ment has main­tained a Unesco of­fice at its Paris head­quar­ters and sought to weigh in on pol­icy be­hind the scenes.

Unesco di­rec­tor-gen­eral Irina Bokova ex­pressed “pro­found re­gret” at the de­ci­sion.

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