Egypt returns stolen currency artefacts to Iraq, China

iraq28/08/2017 (Al Ahram Online – Egypt): Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Enany, handed over a collection of authentic coins, currencies, and bonds to Iraqi Ambassador Habib Mohamed Hadi Al-Sadr and to Chinese Ambassador Song Aiguo in a formal ceremony at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square on Sunday. The returned artefacts had been seized before they could be successfully smuggled out of the country. “The artefacts were handed over in accordance with the UNESCO agreement which Egypt joined in 1972, and in accordance with bilateral collaboration agreements which obligate Egypt to seize foreign antiquities if they are smuggled through its territories, and to show them to the relevant embassy in order to check whether they are on their heritage list in attempt to guarantee the protection of their cultural properties,” Ahmed El-Rawi, who runs the ministry’s unit which oversees antiquities inspections at ports, told Ahram Online…

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/276196/Heritage/Museums/Egypt-returns-stolen-currency-artefacts-to-Iraq,-C.aspx

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