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Zahi Hawass Pursues Repatriation of Smuggled Egyptian Artifacts


Mon 24 Jun 2024 | 11:09 PM
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Zahi Hawass, the renowned Egyptologist, announced the creation of the "Zahi Hawass Foundation for Archaeology and Heritage" after requesting the suspension of the Zahi Hawass Center for Egyptology at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Hawass explained that he had sent a letter to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina regarding the Egyptology center but had not received a response yet.

The new foundation will pursue various objectives, focusing on the protection and promotion of Egyptian heritage.

In September, the foundation plans to launch a significant campaign aimed at repatriating Egyptian artifacts currently held abroad.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has already inquired with the Ministry of Tourism about the progress of the national campaign led by Hawass to recover these artifacts.

Hawass pointed out that international laws often hinder the return of smuggled Egyptian artifacts.

Therefore, the foundation's goals include preserving heritage, continuing excavation work in Luxor and Saqqara, uncovering secrets of ancient Egyptian civilization, enhancing archaeological and cultural awareness among children and youth, and organizing lectures for citizens across all governorates.

Additionally, the Zahi Hawass Foundation will advocate for the return of significant artifacts such as the bust of Nefertiti, the Rosetta Stone, and the Dendera Zodiac to Egypt, aiming to display them in the Grand Egyptian Museum.

@⁨Ali Basha⁩