United States Withdraws From UNESCO
The United States announced Thursday that it will withdraw from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization , accusing the body of “anti -Israel bias .”
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Washington would establish an “observer mission ” to replace its representation at the Paris – based agency .
The United States was angered in 2011 when UNESCO members granted Palestine full membership of the body , despite opposition from its ally Israel .
Washington opposes any move by UN bodies to recognize the Palestinians as a state , believing that this must await a negotiated Middle East peace deal.
But US President Donald Trump ’s administration is also reviewing many of its multilateral commitments , pursuing what he calls an “America First ” foreign policy .
Nauert said the State Department had notified UNESCO ’s outgoing Director -General Irina Bokova of their decision earlier Thursday .