USA drops out of Unesco over arrears, 'anti-Israel bias'

USA drops out of Unesco over arrears, 'anti-Israel bias'

This is not the first time that U.S. has chose to pull out of the global cultural agency, it has done the same in 1984 under Ronald Reagan.

The withdrawal, which could be announced as early as next week, comes after many months of the USA condemning numerous rulings by the United Nations body which have favoured Palestinian claims to sites in the Israeli-occupied territories.

UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization known for its designation of world heritage sites, is a global development agency with missions that include promoting sex education, literacy, clean water and equality for women. "It represents an affront to history". Such a move is also a cost-saving measure, as the United States looks to pay off the country's $500 million debt to the UN.

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The U.S. was strongly against it and withdrew funding, but the State Department remained in the world body. It would not, however, be able to participate in any future decision-making.

The United States's decision to depart from UNESCO is effective for attitude of Israel. During the meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the 2017 session of the UN General Assembly, Tillerson stated that the White House is debating whether to pull out of the agency.

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