The United States is planning to officially announce its withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) due to its anti-Israeli stances, American news site Foreign Policy reported Thursday.
The State Department officially anounced the withdrawl, slated to take effect December 31, 2018, saying, “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.”
The United States would seek to “remain engaged …as a non-member observer state in order to contribute U.S. views, perspectives and expertise,” the State Department added.
The withdrawal would also constitute a cost-saving measure for the US, the report added, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson interested in halting American funding for the organization and paying off America’s debt to the UN group, which is $500 million.
The withdrawal would mark a sharp escalation in …