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US and Israel withdraw from UNESCO over 'anti-Israel bias'

12:39 PM | 13 Oct, 2017
US and Israel withdraw from UNESCO over 'anti-Israel bias'


WASHINGTON- US, on Thursday, announced that it is withdrawing from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, while accusing the UN body of anti-Israel bias.

According to the State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, The "Department of State notified UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova of the US decision to withdraw from the organization and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO".

Another reason to withdraw from the organization is the mounting membership dues owed to the international body, cited State Department.

Following U.S's lead, Israel too announced its withdrawal. Israel called the US administartion's decision "courageous and moral", and blamed UNESCO of becoming a "theatre of the absurd".

Benjamin Netayanu's office issued a statement saying, "The prime minister instructed the foreign ministry to prepare Israel's withdrawal from the organisation alongside the United States,"

Irina Bokova, the outgoing UNESCO head, called the US-Israel withdrawal a "loss to multilateralism", saying she is convinced that "UNESCO has never been so important for the US, or the US for UNESCO".

The outgoing UNESCO head further added, when "conflicts continue to tear apart societies across the world, it is deeply regrettable for the United States to withdraw from the United Nations agency promoting education for peace and protecting culture under attack,"

The US was angered when UNESCO members granted Palestine full membership of the body, despite opposition from US and Israel, in 2011. Ever since then US stopped paying its dues to the 195-member organizations but didn't officially withdraw.

The US opposes any move by UN bodies to recognize Palestinians as a state, insisting that this must await a negotiated Middle East peace deal.

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

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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