Egypt to arrange repatriation of ancient Egyptian artefacts from Switzerland

Ahram Online , Saturday 4 Jun 2022

The Egyptian Embassy in Switzerland is arranging the repatriation of a collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts after receiving them from the Swiss Federal Cultural Office in August 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.

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According to the ministry, in August 2021, the Egyptian ambassador to Switzerland received a collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts from the Swiss Federal Cultural Office.

The collection includes a segment of an alabaster statue of a lady, a stone piece with a carving representing a part of the deity Bes, a human head-shaped lid for a canopic vase made of stone, a sphinx statue made of stone, a stone panel with ancient Egyptian inscriptions, and a cylindrical alabaster vase.

This comes within the framework of an agreement Egypt and Switzerland signed in 2010 regarding the return and transfer of illegally acquired artefacts to their original homeland.

The ministry also announced that from 29 May to 2 June, a technical delegation comprised of officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities visited Switzerland and discussed with their Swiss counterparts the recovery of smuggled Egyptian antiquities and ways to enhance cooperation between the two sides in that regard.

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