Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mexico to Return 3000-year-old Relic to Egypt: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities

Zahi Hawass, Minister of Antiquities
CAIRO, Egypt – Mexico has agreed to return 3000-year-old relic to Egypt on Wednesday. The antique piece was kept in National Museum of Culture in Mexico City.

Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities issued an official statement saying the artefact was a piece of limestone with a carved head dating back to the Modern Kingdom (1569-1081 BC).

Zahi Hawass, Minister of Antiquities, told further that the relic was in held by Mexican authorities for last three years after they recovered it from a Mexican citizen. A delegation was sent to Mexico to establish the authenticity and then only Mexican Attorney General was contacted through Ministry of Foreign Affairs to get back the artefact, he further added.

The Egypt’s right on the relic was asserted after contacting Mexican attorney general and the National Institute of Anthropology. Now Ibrahim Ahdi, Egypt’s Ambassador to Mexico, would be responsible for returning the artefact via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ diplomatic pouch.

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