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Egypt recovers a statue worth no money

Egypt has recovered a large, priceless archaeological treasure, as the head of the statue of King Ramses II arrived today, Sunday, after it was recovered from Switzerland.
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, represented by the Supreme Council of Antiquities, received the head of a statue of King Ramses II, which had been received by the Egyptian embassy in the Swiss capital, Bern, last July, after the success of the efforts of the Egyptian Ministries of Tourism and Antiquities, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the concerned authorities in tracking it down and recovering it, as it had been removed. From Egypt illegally.
Dr. explained. Mohamed Ismail Khaled, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the recovery of this artifact comes within the framework of Egyptian efforts to recover antiquities that left Egypt illegally.
In turn, Shaaban Abdel Gawad, Director General of the General Administration for the Recovery of Antiquities, said that the Ministry had succeeded last July in recovering the head of the statue and it was delivered to the headquarters of the Egyptian Embassy in the Swiss capital of Bern until it reached the territory of Egypt and the Ministry received it from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He also pointed out that the recovered piece represents the head of a statue of King Ramses II, which dates back more than 3,400 years. It was stolen from his temple in Abydos and left the country illegally more than 3 decades ago. This head is part of a group statue depicting the king. Ramesses II sitting next to a number of Egyptian gods.
He also added that upon receiving the piece, it was deposited in the warehouses of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, in preparation for the necessary maintenance and restoration work.
The Ministry of Antiquities also stated that the General Administration for the Recovery of Antiquities, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss authorities, succeeded in proving Egypt’s right to this piece, and that it left Egypt illegally, in implementation of the joint cooperation agreement between Egypt and Switzerland in the field of combating illicit trafficking in cultural property.
It was revealed that the administration monitored the piece while it was being offered for sale in a showroom in the British capital, London, in 2013, and then moved between several countries until it reached Switzerland.
Egypt had previously announced that 32,638 artifacts had disappeared from the stores of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities over several decades.
The Ministry said that it is counting the missing pieces to find a list of all the lost items over the past decades so that they can be tracked with Interpol and other relevant authorities to recover them.
The Ministry also stated that 95% of the aforementioned number represents antiquities that did not enter the warehouses of the Ministry of Antiquities, and that the missing ones represent pieces lost over the past more than 50 years, the last and most recent of which were those that were stolen during the state of security chaos that prevailed in the country following Unrest January 25, 2011

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