Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities announced on Monday the imminent recovery of 125 antiquities in Germany, and confirmed that thousands of pieces have already returned from different countries, according to the agency Iraqi press (INA).
Spokesman for the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Al-Aliyawi said the ministry was paying attention to the issue of recovering Iraqi artifacts from Arab and foreign countries.
Aliyawi said that Iraq has signed agreements that prevent the trafficking of antiquities, which has provided legal cover to prevent trafficking, in addition, to prosecute gangs who steal and smuggle antiquities into different countries.
“Iraqi security agencies are cooperating with the ministry and working to pursue and arrest the gangs and find artifacts in their possession,” Aliyawi said.
Aliyawi pointed out that there is a targeted effort to recover Iraqi artifacts from all countries.
Aliyawi clarified that there are efforts to bring back 125 artifacts from Germany which have been in a Berlin university since 1990. These pieces left Iraq thanks to an “official loan“, a cooperation program between the countries in the field of antiquities, but they stayed there.
The Iraqi official explained that the parts had recently been delivered to the Iraqi Embassy in Germany and would soon be sent back to Iraq. He added that thousands of artifacts have been officially returned from the United States of America, Japan and other countries.