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The state of Kuwait handed, Thursday, five pharaonic artifacts to the Republic of Egypt, confiscated by the customs department in Kuwait Airport back in 2019. Head of artifacts and museums department in the National Council for Culture Arts and Literature (NCCAL) Sultan Al-Duwaish stated to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that these invaluable artifacts, smuggled from Al-Uqsur, were closely examined by experts from Kuwait University, Poland and Egypt and concluded that three were original pieces dating back to 1400 B.C. and two were of questionable origins.
He also mentioned that a number of Kuwaiti entities including the foreign ministry, the customs department and NCCAL all cooperated with Egyptian embassy in Kuwait to examine and return these relics to their rightful place as stipulated in international treaties. He indicated that this the second handover of historical artifacts by Kuwait to Egypt, the first being in 2018 of wooden casket cover. On his part, Egyptian ambassador to Kuwait Osama Shaltout commended the role of Kuwaiti entities and their tireless efforts in returning artifacts to their original place. (KUNA)