U.S. withdraws from UNESCO, accuses organization of 'anti- Israel bias'

US Plans To Withdraw From 'Anti-Israel' UNESCO

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

State Dept. spokesperson Heather Nauert cited what she claims is an "anti-Israel bias", along with "mounting arrears" as America's reasons for pulling out.

The US is reported to be on the verge of withdrawing from UNESCO, after accusing the institution of anti-Israel bias, Foreign Policy reported today.

The State Department says the U.S.is pulling out of UNESCO because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and need for "fundamental reform" of the United Nations cultural agency. The U.S. withdrawal goes into effect at the end of 2018.

The withdrawal was confirmed Thursday by USA officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to be publicly named discussing the decision.

In a statement, the State Department said it notified UNESCO director Irina Bokova on Thursday of the decision.

The move is likely to be seen as part of the Trump administration's skepticism about the United Nations more broadly.

A representative of the US delegation to UNESCO referred Reuters to the State Department.

If it does withdraw from UNESCO, the U.S. would remain as an observer state in meetings.

In a press statement, U.S. government spokesperson Heather Nauert stated that US' withdrawal will take effect on December 31, 2018, until then, it will continue to be a full-time member of the UNESCO. The organization is known for its World Heritage program that protects cultural sites across the globe.

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