AP News : Iraq gets back looted ancient artifacts from US, others

Recently recovered antiquities are displayed at the foreign ministry, in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Over 17,000 looted ancient artifacts recovered from the United States and other countries were handed over to Iraq’s Culture Ministry on Tuesday, a restitution described by the government as the largest in the country’s history.

The majority of the artifacts date back 4,000 years to ancient Mesopotamia and were recovered from the U.S. in a recent trip by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. Other pieces were also returned from Japan, Netherlands and Italy, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said in a joint press conference with Culture Minister Hasan Nadhim.

Nadhim said the recovery was “the largest in the history of Iraq” and the product of months of effort between the government and Iraq’s Embassy in Washington.

“There’s still a lot of work ahead in this matter. There are still thousands of Iraqi artifacts smuggled outside the country,” he said. “The United Nations resolutions are supporting us in the international community and the laws of other countries in which these artifacts are smuggled to are on our side.”

“The smugglers are being trapped day after day by these laws and forced to hand over these artifacts,” he added.

The artifacts were handed over to the Culture Ministry in large wooden crates. A few were displayed but the ministry said the most significant pieces will be examined and later displayed to the public in Iraq’s National Museum. READ MORE

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Paris, 18 septembre 2023 – Suite aux inondations dévastatrices survenues en Libye la semaine dernière, TotalEnergies a répondu dès les premières heures de la tragédie à l’appel de la compagnie nationale libyenne National Oil Corporation et a mobilisé des moyens logistiques terrestres et aériens pour apporter une aide d'urgence pour les milliers de personnes affectées par la catastrophe dans la région de Derna, à l'est du pays.

A ce jour, TotalEnergies a expédié près de 50 tonnes de produits de première nécessité, notamment des fournitures médicales, des colis alimentaires dont de l’alimentation infantile, des kits d'hygiène, et des lampes solaires. Environ 50 tonnes additionnelles de produits de première nécessité seront envoyées au cours des prochains jours.

Cette opération est menée par une équipe dédiée de TotalEnergies, en coordination avec la National Oil Corporation et le Croissant Rouge, avec acheminement des produits par camion depuis Tripoli et par avion depuis Paris.