Six Afghan historical artifacts handed over to the Ministry of Information and Culture

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Photo: Ambassador Hakimi returns artifacts 2
Photo: Ambassador Hakimi returns artifacts 1

December 1, 2013

KABUL – Six Afghan historical artifacts, which had been returned to Kabul by Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Washington D.C. Mr. Eklil Hakimi, were handed over to the Deputy Minister of Information and Culture for Youths Affairs Mr. Timor Shah Ishaqzai, Senior Advisor and Former Deputy Minister of Information and Culture Mr. Omer Sultan, and Deputy Director of Afghanistan National Museum Mr. Yahiya Muhibzada today.

These six items are the historical artifacts of our country that were looted over the past more than two decades but later discovered in the United States and handed over to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Washington D.C. by U.S. authorities.

The two sides expressed their appreciation on efforts made by the Afghan Embassy in Washington D.C. for repatriating these artifacts and underscored that the collection of these relics will enrich our country’s historical heritage.

Mr. Hakimi also appreciated the assistance and cooperation of the United States government for interdicting and repatriating these artifacts.

“Unfortunately, during the war years in the country most of our riches, material and intellectual capitals including our cultural artifacts were looted by a number of abusers who wanted to sell them on international markets for their own profit," Mr. Hakimi sai. "Today we see that a number of artifacts which represent our Afghan identity have been returning back to their real owner, the Afghan people via our political representations abroad and the cooperation of our international friends."

Mr. Sultan later officially received the artifacts and handed them over to the Deputy Director of National Museum Mr. Muhibzada.

These six items have been received from the New York Customs department and comprise three pieces of gold carved with the image of the famous Marco Polo deer that probably date back to the First Century BC. There is also a jug which is from the Graeco-Bactria era or the First Century B.C. and two bronze pieces that belong to the 17th Century.