Turkey Returns 55 Historical Artifacts to Iran in Effort to Combat Cultural Property Trafficking

Turkey has returned 55 historical artifacts to Iran as part of an agreement signed last year to combat the trafficking of cultural property.

Iran (IMNA) - The artifacts, including 42 coins, a sword from the ancient Sasanian dynasty, a bronze jug, and 11 items from the Bronze Age and Islamic eras, were handed over to Iran's Consulate in Erzurum during a ceremony at the Erzurum Archaeology Museum on Tuesday.

Turkey's Director-General of Cultural Heritage and Museums, Birol Incecikoz, emphasized that every cultural artifact is the jewel of the country it belongs to and should be exhibited in its place of origin. He noted that Turkey has been working comprehensively to combat artifact smuggling and that the return of cultural assets to their rightful homes will be a key focus of the country's efforts going forward.

Iran's Consul General in Erzurum, Mohammad Ebrahimi, thanked Turkey for its efforts in finding and returning the artifacts, highlighting Iran's rich cultural heritage and its significant number of UNESCO-registered monuments.

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