US to pull out of UNESCO amid Palestinian tensions

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The United States has chose to withdraw from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), AFP is reporting on Thursday.

According to AFP, State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert said Washington would establish an "observer mission" to replace its representation at the Paris-based agency.

It is not the first time the USA has withdrawn. It was not clear when the move would be formally announced.

The decision comes as the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is voting to choose a new director this week, in tense balloting overshadowed by the agency's funding troubles and divisions over Palestinian membership.

Many saw the vote to include Palestine as evidence of long-running, ingrained anti-Israel bias within the United Nations, where Israel and its allies are far outnumbered by Arab countries and their supporters.

The administration led by Trump in the USA has hinted towards making no changes in the proposed budget over the funding to UNESCO. Though US states that the dispute over funding is a major reason behind it pulling out, the stance of US on Palestine can not be ignored.

U.S. has earlier pulled out from UNESCO as well.

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