Turkiye announces repatriation of 12 antiquities from the US

Artifacts are displayed during a ceremony held for the delivery of 28 Turkish historical artifacts at the Turkish House on January 21, 2022 [Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images]

Twelve antiquities smuggled out of Turkiye are coming back home, Turkiye's Consul General in New York announced Wednesday, Anadolu News Agency reports. "The momentum of the cooperation is not only encouraging deeper cooperation between Turkiye and the US, but is also inspiring for the global community combating cultural property smuggling," Reyhan Ozgur said at a repatriation ceremony. "It sends a clear and strong message to all smugglers, dealers and collectors that illegal purchase, possession and sale of cultural artefacts will have consequences." Ozgur said the smuggling of antiquities poses a "tremendous threat to our common cultural heritage". READ: US to return 77 looted antiquities to Yemen "That is why as the Republic of Turkiye, within this group of artefacts, there are […] Source

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