[size=36]At the launch of the Ancient Civilizations Forum.. Minister of Foreign Affairs: Returning 18,000 smuggled artifacts[/size]
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kicked off in the capital, Baghdad, on Sunday, the work of the Forum of Ancient Civilizations, in its sixth edition, with an international presence, while Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein announced the return of 18,000 smuggled artifacts.
Hussein said, in his speech during the opening of the forum, that "the world is facing great challenges due to crises and different interests," noting that "cultural dialogue is a condition for enhancing understanding."
He added, "Most of Iraq's civilizations were exposed to various threats, and terrorism had a hand in destroying civilizational monuments, but these terrorist acts cannot obliterate history."
He added, "Iraq follows a participatory vision, and there is a responsibility before it in the future to take the lead in joint cooperation," noting that "the challenges of climate change require joint cooperation."
He continued, "The Forum of Civilizations is a diplomatic approach to support global efforts in facing challenges," noting that "Iraq was exposed, at different periods, to systematic theft to smuggle its cultural heritage."
He pointed out that "the Iraqi government has made efforts to stop sabotage operations against antiquities, as more than 18,000 smuggled artifacts have been returned," expressing "hope to strengthen bilateral cooperation and coordination to return all stolen antiquities." Ended 29/N33