Israel returns ancient sarcophagi covers to Egypt
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs today (Sunday, May 22 2016) handed over two ancient relics from Pharaonic times, which had reached Israel illegally, to the Ambassador of Egypt.
|The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over to Egypt two ancient sarcophagi covers|
that reached Israel illegally [Credit: MFA]
The transfer was made possible in the framework of the longstanding peace treaty between the countries, and thanks to the strengthening dialogue between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Egypt in Israel.
MFA Director General Dr. Dore Gold expressed the hope that the handing over of these ancient items can be a precursor to further bilateral cooperation in the field of historical heritage, as well as in other fields of mutual interest, to the benefit of both countries.
Ambassador Hazem Khairat stated that Egypt appreciates the efforts made by the Israeli authorities to return these smuggled antiquities to their country of origin, Egypt, and is looking forward to the return of the rest of smuggled antiquities found in Israel.
Source: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs [May 22, 2016]