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Spain Accepts Iran's Conditions, Welcomes Forgotten Empire

Tehran, 2 October 2005 (CHN) -- Spain has accepted Iran's conditions for transferring the collection now displayed in British Museum "Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia" exhibition there.

With the acceptance, the collection will go on display in Barcelona late February 2006.

"Cultural authorities of Spain have accepted Iran's conditions such as packaging, insurance, providing an appropriate location for holding this exhibition, and paying a sum in return for the loan of Iranians articles. Therefore, after the deadline of the exhibition in London, the exhibition will be transferred to Spain," said Mohamadreza Kargar, director of the National Museum of Iran.

According to Kargar, the amount charged is exactly the same as that paid by London for lending the museum articles, which was 100,000 pounds.

The exhibition of "Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia" opened in London on 9 September and will run until 8 January, with a collection on loan from National Museum of Iran, Louvre Museum, and the collection of the British Museum.

According to experts, the exhibition of the "Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia" is the biggest collection displayed ever of the Achaemenid era.

Planning for London exhibition started 2 years ago, and based on the agreements between the National Museum of Iran and British Museum, in return for the artifacts sent to London, Cyrus Cylinder and the British Museum Oxus collection will be lent to Iran for 2 years.

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