Egypt’s Foreign Ministry handed over on Thursday 8 Egyptian artifacts، as well as a painting of a pharaonic mask made of wood، seized by French authorities at a train station in Paris، Ambassador، Heba al-Marasy، Assistant Foreign Minister for Cultural relations announced.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry in coordination with the Ministry of Antiquities proved the origin of these pieces and took all the legal procedures necessary for the restoring of these artifacts to the homeland، al-Marasy added.
Moreover، al-Marasy stressed on the need to consolidate cooperation between the various bodies concerned with combating the smuggling of antiquities and illicit trafficking in cultural property.
Meanwhile، al-Marasy expressed Foreign Ministry appreciations towards French authorities continuous cooperation with Egypt to restore the smuggled artifacts.
Last Month، Fourteen ancient artifacts that were stolen and smuggled out of Egypt in the 1980s were returned by Cyprus، according to an official statement by the Ministry of Antiquities.
The items include an alabaster base “decorated with the name of King Ramses II in addition to 13 ushabti figurines and amulets of different shapes، ” were seized by Cypriot authorities in the city of Nicosia. Some of the amulets and objects bore representations of goddesses the ancient Egyptian goddesses Sekhmet، Neith and Isis.