New Delhi, Oct 12: The United States has withdrawn from UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural and educational agency on Thursday over anti-Israel bias.
In its statement, the state Department said “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organisation, and continuing anti-Israel bias at the organisation”, Reuters reported.
In addition to this , the Trump administration sought to “remain engaged … as a non-member observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise.”
The withdrawal will be effective from December 31.
Washington joined the United Nation’s cultural organisation as a founding member but pulled out in 1984 due to growing disparity between US foreign policy and UNESCO goals.” After 19 years, the US rejoined the organization in October 2003.