Libya reclaims antiquities from the United States

The Address | Benghazi, Libya

WASHINGTON, DC – The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) restored pottery artifacts, originated in the Germanic civilization, that had been in the United States for more than half a century.

According to the Media Office of the GNA Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a ceremony was held at the Libyan Embassy in Washington, DC on Wednesday for receiving a number of antique pottery jars originated in the Germanic civilization in Libya.

In a statement published on Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized the importance of this event because the historical artifacts are part of Libya’s deep-rooted history and human history, and restoring and preserving them in their original country of Libya represents a historical and cultural value.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs thanked the Government of the US, represented by the US State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, for their cooperation.

It is worth mentioning that these pottery artifacts were handed over by the American citizen Dr. Robert Hagee, which he kept since the sixties of the last century.

It also noteworthy that Libya had signed a memorandum of understanding with the United States of America on the protection of cultural property in February of 2018, which will help in restoring any artifacts that have been illegally transferred or smuggled from Libya.


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