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US withdraws from Unesco, cites bias against Israel

Withdrawal goes into effect at the end of 2018

Gardiner Harris & Steven Erlanger | NYT  |  Washington 

The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it would withdraw from Unesco, the United Nations cultural organisation, after years of America distancing itself because of what it called the group’s “anti-Israel bias.” “This decision was not taken lightly,” according to a State Department statement on Thursday. In addition to anti-Israel bias, the department cited “the need for fundamental reform” and “mounting arrears” at the organization.   While the United States withdrew from the group, the Trump ...

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First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 01:44 IST