Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on Israel’s withdrawal from UNESCO

Sunday, 15 October 2017 12:16

This decision by the Israeli government that has followed the bad example set by the United States evokes regret.

The announcement of Israel’s withdrawal from UNESCO came at a time when a trend has emerged towards easing politicised tension during the discussion of “Palestinian resolutions” concerning the preservation of Old Jerusalem and the restoration and development of the Gaza Strip as well as matters of culture, education, gender equality and youth work on the Palestinian territories.

This move will put an end to the Russian-Israeli cooperation within the Organisation’s framework. A case in point is important programmes such as the prevention of extremism and radicalism through education and measures devoted to International Holocaust Remembrance Day (annually observed at UNESCO on January 27).

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