Egypt agrees to help Iraq recover looted antiquities

Egypt agrees to help Iraq recover looted antiquities

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IslamNews – The Egyptian parliament has recently demanded the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities to support Iraq in retrieving its stolen antiquities found in Turkey.

On Jan. 31, member of parliament Mahmoud Issam said during an address to parliament, “The Egyptian parliament welcomes the cooperation with its Iraqi counterpart in the antiquities field in terms of restoring Iraqi artifacts that were destroyed during the wars and recovering antiquities that were smuggled out of the country toward Turkey in particular.”

The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry announced Jan. 23 its readiness to support Iraq in recovering its looted and stolen antiquities.

On Dec. 24, 2020, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani had agreed with his Iraqi counterpart, Hussein Kazem, to boost cooperation and tap the expertise of archaeologists and restorers in the two countries by exchanging experiences and cooperating for the recovery of stolen and smuggled antiquities.