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CAIRO, June 4, 2018 (MENA) - Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Antiquities (SCA) Moustafa Wazeri will head for Italy on Tuesday in order to examine the suspected Egyptian artifacts seized in the Italian city of Naples.

The visit comes in line with a decision by the general prosecution to assign the Antiquities Ministry to take all needed measures pertaining to delegating Egyptian experts to examine the seized relics.

In statements on Monday, Wazeri underlined that the ministry coordinated with the Italian side in this regard, adding that a comprehensive detailed report will be prepared after examining the antiquities.

The report will be submitted to the antiquities minister then to the general prosecution, he noted, adding that the ministry cooperates with all bodies concerned to retrieve the relics.

Earlier, the Italian authorities said containers grouping artifacts belonging to various civilizations were seized including 118 Egyptian relics.

By: Gazette Staff

CAIRO, May 1, 2018 - Egypt restored on Tuesday 14 artifacts that were smuggled from Egypt in the late 1980s and were seized by the Cypriot authorities in Nicosia, a statement released by the Antiquities Ministry said.

Director of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus Dr Marina Solomidou handed over the smuggled artifacts to the Egyptian authorities on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the “Roots Revival” initiative that kick-started in Alexandria on Monday, according to the same statement.

Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani voiced thanks to the Cypriot authorities for their constant co-operation with the Egyptian authorities and expressed his happiness over retrieving the artifacts.

CAIRO, April 19, 2018 - For the first time, the Egyptian Museum displays on Thursday an ancient limestone artifact of the military commander of the 19th Dynasty during the reign of King Ramses II.

CAIRO, March 27 (MENA) - The Ministry of Antiquities, in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry, succeeded to retrieve three artifacts that were smuggled abroad. Egypt's General Consulate in New York has received the pieces that will be flown home.

The restored items are parts of a mummy, a head and two hands, that were stolen from the Valley of the Kings in Luxor and smuggled outside the country in 1927, head of the Ministry's general department of retrieved antiquities Shaaban Abdel Gawad said in statements on Tuesday.

The antiquities were being showcased at an auction house in Manhattan when the antiquities trafficking unit of the US Attorney General's Office in New York halted the auction, he said.

The US authorities informed the Ministry of Antiquities which contacted the Foreign Ministry to take necessary action to receive the pieces and bring them home, he added.

Abdel Gawad praised efforts by the Foreign Ministry and the US authorities concerned which he said would certainly make close relations between the two countries in this respect even stronger.