ICE returns stolen antiquities to Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

09 Sep 2013 7:53 PM | Anonymous

ICE returns stolen antiquities to Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

WASHINGTON undefined U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) returned five gold artifacts and an ancient vase to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Monday during a repatriation ceremony at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C.

HSI Assistant Director for the Office of International Affairs John Connolly presented the objects to Afghan Ambassador to the United States Eklil Hakimi.

"Afghanistan is a nation with a proud cultural heritage, and I’m delighted that HSI has been instrumental in returning to the Afghan people a long lost piece of their history that should have never been stolen," said HSI Assistant Director John Connolly. "Today marks HSI’s fourth cultural repatriation to Afghanistan since 2005. We are committed to the continued cooperation between our countries and beating back this illicit trade through dedicated law enforcement efforts, partnerships and training thus preserving and protecting the world’s ancient and valued treasures."

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