In a ceremony at Niavaran Palace, Tehran voluntarily extradited 399 Kuwaiti artifacts which were smuggled into Iran in 1999 after being stolen from Kuwaiti museums during the Iraqi invasion of the Arab Persian Gulf state in 1990, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported.
Greeting Badr Abdulvahab al-Refaei, general secretary of Kuwait's National Culture, Art and Literature Council, president of Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) Husseim Marashi said, "Iran and Kuwait both have been plundered by the former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's regime. Today, thus, marks a great day for both nations and we hope this act would boost cultural ties."
Assigned by Kuwaiti Information Ministry to fetch these artifacts, al-Rafaei noted they belonged to the ruling al-Sabah family, giving added value to them. He presented Marashi with a golden ship, a local symbol of piece and friendship.
The Kuwaiti artifacts were hauled in 1999 near Iran and Turkey border and were kept at Uromieh and Sa'dabad museums.
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