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United States will withdraw from UNESCO over its 'anti-Israel bias'

United States will withdraw from UNESCO over its 'anti-Israel bias'

The U.S. State Dept. has just announced the United States is withdrawing from UNESCO, a key United Nations agency dedicated to the promotion of peace and security through collaboration.

The decision comes as part of the Trump administration's attempts to slash its funding to the organization, which it owes some $500 million, the report said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made the decision several weeks ago, and told French President Emmanuel Macron Washington was considering leaving during a meeting with President Donald Trump in late September on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. The organization is known for its World Heritage program that protects cultural sites across the globe.

The United States's decision to depart from UNESCO is effective for attitude of Israel.

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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.

A plan to withdraw from the global body was reportedly made several weeks ago, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informing French President Emmanuel Macron of America's imminent departure.

No longer. This is what the White House has reportedly been planning for months.

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