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843 historical relics returned

Hundreds of historical relics were returned to Afghanistan this month with the cooperation of the United Kingdom. The artifacts had been looted from the national museum and other parts of the country in past years. They include twenty pieces of rare items such as Buddha statues and ivory. They belong to Islamic, bronze, Greco-Bacteria and Kushanid eras in the first and second century A.D. and are related to the ancient zone of Bagram.

In 2009, Britain also aided in the return of about 1500 historical relics to the national museum of Afghanistan and, at the latest handover ceremony, the British Government vowed its continued support.

H.E. Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rasoul asserted that the finding and returning of these relics to Afghanistan are a matter of pride for all Afghans.