U.S. pulls out of United Nations cultural organisation

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US Plans To Withdraw From 'Anti-Israel' UNESCO

While the United States withdrew from the group, the Trump administration said it wanted to continue to be engaged with UNESCO to provide USA perspective and expertise, but as a nonmember observer.

Foreign Policy magazine reported earlier on Thursday that Washington would formally withdraw after the 58-member UNESCO Executive Board selects its new director general on Friday.

The United States plans to withdraw from UNESCO, the U.N.'s cultural and educational agency, diplomats said on Thursday, dealing a further blow to an organization hobbled by regional rivalries and a lack of funds.

The state department said it would establish an observer mission at the Paris-based organisation to replace its representation. The U.S. withdrawal goes into effect at the end of 2018. The withdrawal was confirmed Thursday by US officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to be publicly named discussing the decision. The United States will remain a full member of UNESCO until that time.

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US officials said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made the decision and that it was not discussed with other countries but an internal USA government deliberation.

The withdrawal, which could be announced as early as next week, comes after many months of the U.S. condemning numerous rulings by the United Nations body which have favoured Palestinian claims to sites in the Israeli-occupied territories. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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