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Iraq: Artefacts make their official return home from abroad during Baghdad ceremony

Iraq, Baghdad
February 19, 2020 at 17:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Numerous historical artefacts belonging were returned to Iraq during an official ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Baghdad on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Muhammad Ali al-Hakim handed over artifacts to the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities, Abdul Amir al-Hamdani, which were retrieved from a number of countries.

"The countries that contributed to this are the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The United Kingdom, Switzerland and South Korea," explained Foreign Minister Muhammad Ali al-Hakim.

"Today we announce the retrieval of more than one hundred fifty-eight artifacts and a file containing two hundred and fifty documents pertaining to the royal family dating back to the middle of the last century," he further added.

According to reports, among the items returned were 156 pieces from the British Museum in London, which were given to the embassy of Iraq in London, as well as a file of 250 documents dating back to the second century.

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Numerous historical artefacts belonging were returned to Iraq during an official ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Baghdad on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Muhammad Ali al-Hakim handed over artifacts to the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities, Abdul Amir al-Hamdani, which were retrieved from a number of countries.

"The countries that contributed to this are the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The United Kingdom, Switzerland and South Korea," explained Foreign Minister Muhammad Ali al-Hakim.

"Today we announce the retrieval of more than one hundred fifty-eight artifacts and a file containing two hundred and fifty documents pertaining to the royal family dating back to the middle of the last century," he further added.

According to reports, among the items returned were 156 pieces from the British Museum in London, which were given to the embassy of Iraq in London, as well as a file of 250 documents dating back to the second century.

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