US quits Unesco over ‘anti-Israel bias’



The US is pulling out of the UN’s cultural organisation Unesco, accusing it of “anti-Israel” bias.

The state department said it would establish an observer mission at the Paris-based organisation to replace its representation.

Unesco said the withdrawal was a loss to the “UN family” and to multilateralism.

The agency is known for designating world heritage sites such as Syria’s Palmyra and the US Grand Canyon.


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