U.S. pulling out of UNESCO

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Nation/World -

PARIS — The United States an­nounced Thurs­day it is pulling out of the U.N.’s ed­u­ca­tional, sci­en­tific and cul­tural agency be­cause of what Wash­ing­ton sees as its anti-Is­rael bias and a need for “fun­da­men­tal re­form” in the agency.

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu said Is­rael plans to fol­low suit.

While the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion had been pre­par­ing for a likely with­drawal from UNESCO for months, the tim­ing of the State Depart­ment’s state­ment Thurs­day was un­ex­pected.

The Paris-based agency is in the midst of a heated elec­tion to choose a new chief — with Qatar’s Ha­mad bin Ab­du­laziz al-Kawari in the lead as the Ex­ec­u­tive Board vote heads into a fi­nal bal­lot on Fri­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.