Minister of Culture discusses with the Iraqi ambassador in Washington to recover the smuggled Iraqi antiquities
The Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Abdul Amir Al-Hamdani discussed with the Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Farid Yassin, arrangements for the recovery of a group of smuggled Iraqi antiquities that were handed over to the Iraqi Embassy in Washington by American universities, including Cornell and Pennsylvania, and to ensure the shipment and delivery to Baghdad.
The two sides agreed to speed up and simplify the procedures for receiving the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] back to their original country of Iraq, where the Minister of Culture said that "the receipt will be in early October next coinciding with the date of his visit to the University of Chicago American to give a lecture at the Oriental Institute on Antiquities and hold a meeting on the future of the excavations To be placed on the World Heritage List. "
During the meeting, they also discussed the proposal to ship these antiquities to Baghdad by presidential plane directly from [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] To Baghdad without going through a secondary airport in order to secure and maintain its safety.
Al-Hamdani agreed with the ambassador's proposal on honoring the honest American customs officer who discovered the Iraqi antiquities smuggled to America by Hobby Lobby, saying that "it is possible to honor the policeman during the international archaeological conference to be held in mid-January in Baghdad."
As for the Iraqi-Jewish archive, which was transferred by US forces to the United States, Al-Hamdani said that it is "a national heritage and contains documents representing the archives of Iraq." The ambassador stressed the embassy 's interest in this matter, pointing out that "the Iraqi government has determined his stay in America with a deadline until 2021." The US government and its embassy in Baghdad are supporting the restoration of this archive.
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