Nov 21 2009
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Saudi Arabia returns artifacts to Iraq
The returned artifacts include statues of human beings and lions of varying sizes made of marble and other materials.
Hussein Abu Al-Hassan, assistant vice president of the SCTA, signed on Wednesday a statement returning five artifacts to the second secretary at the Iraqi Embassy in the Kingdom, Ahmad Al-Jarba, and attaché Abdullah Rashad.
The move comes as part of the agreement of protection of the cultural assets between the two countries in line with a UNESCO convention. "The Kingdom is committed to international agreements particularly on the protection of cultural assets. The Saudi regulations pertaining to the protection of cultural heritage in the Kingdom also do not approve thefts of cultural properties of other countries," Al-Hassan said after handing over the artifacts.
The UNESCO convention on the means of prohibiting and preventing illicit import and export, trade and transfer of ownership of cultural property was created in 1970.
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