US returns to UNESCO

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AMMAN — The US has been readmitted to (UNESCO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, after a six-year hiatus. In an extraordinary session of the General Conference on Friday, UNESCO’s 193 member states voted to approve the proposal submitted by the US to rejoin the organization with 132 members voting in favor and ten against.اضافة اعلان

According to a press release published on the UNESCO website, the US will commit to repay its estimated arrears of $619 million based on a concrete financial plan.

Departure due to anti-Israel bias
In late 2017, the US State Department announced it would leave UNESCO over its perceived anti-Israel bias, in which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu followed suit, Al Jazeera reported.

Throughout its history, UNESCO has approved a number of resolutions pertaining to Palestine, Jerusalem, and its sanctities, canceling what Israel has changed in it. Since granting Palestine full membership in 2011, the US stopped funding the UN organization. Its contribution accounted for 22 percent of its budget.

Meanwhile, Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay confirmed that there are no negotiations for Israel’s return at this stage.

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