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Embassy Staff Attends Repatriation Ceremony in New York City

 Mar 01, 2022

On Wednesday, March 30th, 2022, Charge d’Affaires Khaled Daief and Embassy staff attended a ceremony at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to repatriate two ancient Libyan artifacts that had been stolen from Libya. The “Veiled Head of a Woman,” and “Head of a Man” were seized by District Attorney Alvin Bragg during a criminal investigation into the large-scale trafficking of other stolen artifacts.

These artifacts are being repatriated after the signing of an MOU between the United States and the State of Libya, which posed restrictions on the illegal trafficking of antiquities. As a result, these seizures have taken place to return trafficked artifacts to their country of origin.  

The “Veiled Head of a Lady” and “Bust of a Bearded Man” will be returned to their homeland in Libya where they will be proudly displayed. The Embassy of the State of Libya would like to express its profound thanks and appreciation to the District Attorney’s office and the Department of Homeland Security for this investigation and for securing the safe return of these antiquities.

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