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Baghdad / Obelisk: Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein announced, on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, that the Iraqi embassy in Washington had received the ownership of the smuggled antiquities.
Hussein said in a joint press conference with the Minister of Culture, Hassan Nazim, about the Foreign Ministry’s receipt of the antiquities recovered from the United States of America, and “The Obelisk” continued, “The Iraqi embassy in Washington received the ownership of the smuggled antiquities and prove their Iraqiness, just as we received the Gilgamesh Tablet from Washington.”
He added that “we worked to activate the file of recovering smuggled antiquities,” noting that “the Iraqi embassy in Washington received the ownership of the smuggled antiquities and to prove their Iraqiness.”
Hussein pointed out that “five batches of documents and antiquities have been delivered to the Ministry of Culture, and in 2021 we announce the delivery of 17,321 artifacts from the United States, 9 artifacts from Japan, 7 pieces from Holland and one piece from Italy, bringing the total to 17,338 pieces since the beginning of this year only. “.
Minister of Culture Hassan Nazim said: We will work in greater coordination and cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to recover more of the smuggled and looted Iraqi antiquities abroad.
He added that “vigorous efforts have worked to retrieve antiquities from Washington,” noting that “the process of recovering artifacts from America is the largest in the history of Iraq.”