Date :Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 | Time : 08:01 |ID: 82418 | Print

Zarif suggests US and Israel Withdraw From Earth!

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SHAFAQNA- The United States and Israel have quit UNESCO after announcement in 2017. The allies cited “anti-Semitism” and “anti-Israel bias” as the reasons for their exit. Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif has censured US and Israel recent decision and, argued that Washington and the Tel Aviv regime have no respect for international conventions.

The United States and Israel have officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago.

The Trump administration filed its notice to withdraw in October 2017 and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu followed suit, accusing the UN agency of anti-Israel bias. The US has demanded “fundamental reform” in the agency. In October 2017, Israel said it will quit the UN agency, citing what it described as UNESCO’s “bias” toward the Palestinians, middleeastmonitor told.

The Paris-based organisation has previously criticised Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem and granted full membership to Palestine in 2011, aljazeera reported.

The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet serves a new blow to UNESCO, co-founded by the US after World War II to foster peace.

Iranian officials have repeatedly criticised the US for its alleged growing unilateralism in world affairs under President Trump, sputniknews mentioned.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has commented on Washington and Tel Aviv’s decision to withdraw from UNESCO by listing off the other international agreements and treaties the US has left recently, including the Iran nuclear deal, multiple trade deals, and the Paris Climate Convention.

Javad Zarif wrote in a post published on his official Twitter page:

After #JCPOA, #NAFTA, #TPP, Climate Convention &…, the Trump regime—along with the Israeli regime—today officially withdrew from #UNESCO. Is anything left for the Trump Administration and its client regime to withdraw from? Perhaps from planet Earth altogether.

The withdrawals will not greatly affect UNESCO financially, since it has been dealing with a funding slash ever since 2011 when both Israel and the US stopped paying dues after Palestine was voted in as a member state. Since then officials estimate that the US – which accounted for around 22 percent of the total budget – has accrued $600m in unpaid dues, which was one of the reasons for President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw. Israel owes an estimated $10m.

UNESCO is best known for its work to preserve heritage, including maintaining a list of World Heritage sites, and programes to promote education in developing countries.

 

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