The United States Withdraws From UNESCO

The United States Withdraws From UNESCO

She traced the decades-long USA ties with UNESCO, and noted that the Statue of Liberty is among the many World Heritage sites protected by the United Nations agency.

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. She said the US and UNESCO matter to each other more than ever now because "the rise of violent extremism and terrorism calls for new long-term responses for peace and security".

U.S. has officially pulled out of UNESCO citing the growing influence in support of Palestine and its anti-Israel stance.

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

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According to the report, the move, which is expected to be announced as early as next week, would allow the USA to remain as an observer state in the organization that it helped establish after World War II.

It is not the first time the US has withdrawn. The decision comes after a number of resolutions were criticised by UNESCO, which was termed as anti-Israel by the United States.

The U.S. stopped funding UNESCO after the agency voted to include the Palestinian Authority as a member in 2011, but the State Department has maintained a UNESCO office at the agency's Paris headquarters and sought to weigh in on policy behind the scenes. The move was announced by Heather Nauert, spokesperson of the state department.

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