The U.S. says it wants to rejoin UNESCO after exiting during the Trump administration

The U.S. plans to rejoin UNESCO after leaving during the Trump administration due to perceived bias against Israel.

Background: UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, received a letter from the U.S. State Department announcing the decision to rejoin.
* Congress agreed last year that the U.S. could make financial contributions to UNESCO, and the group said in December that the country could return as a member.

Reactions: UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay called the decision ~~”a strong act of confidence, in UNESCO and in multilateralism.”

Previous exits: The U.S. previously left UNESCO in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan, citing “~~poor management and values opposed to our own.”
* President George W. Bush announced a return to UNESCO in 2002, praising reforms and the group’s renewed dedication to press freedom and universal education.

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