U.S. Leaving Unesco, Capping a Stormy History

State Department says decision wasn’t made lightly, cites ‘continuing anti-Israel bias’

UNITED NATIONS—The U.S. will withdraw from Unesco, the United Nations’ culture and heritage organization, a move that could further damage the tense relationship between the Trump administration and the U.N., officials announced Thursday.

The State Department said in a statement that the decision wasn’t made lightly, but reflects Washington’s interest in seeing fundamental changes in many areas of Unesco and concern over its “continuing anti-Israel bias.” The withdrawal will take effect at the end of next year.

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