Egypt Asks U.S. to Impose Sharp Curbs on Importing of Antiquities

17 Mar 2014 7:11 AM | Anonymous
Egypt Asks U.S. to Impose Sharp Curbs on Importing of Antiquities

WASHINGTON undefined Egypt’s antiquities minister is asking the Obama administration to impose emergency restrictions on the importing of ancient artifacts from his country, saying that the looting and smuggling of such treasures has been “catastrophic” since the Arab Spring revolt of 2011.

In a meeting on Tuesday at the State Department, the minister, Mohamed Ibrahim Ali, pushed for fast action on the restrictions, a measure that the United States can take only after a nation submits a complex formal proposal. The State Department said that it was open to such a request.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/15/arts/design/egypt-asks-us-to-impose-sharp-curbs-on-importing-of-antiquities.html?_r=0

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