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.

US quits Unesco over ‘anti-Israel bias’

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