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Afghan diplomat thanks UAE

posted on 20/04/2003: 1746 views

Antique artefacts stolen from Afghanistan were discovered by Ras Al Khaimah Customs on a flight from Kabul which landed at the airport, a senior Afghan official told Gulf News yesterday. They were recovered and returned last week with the help of UAE authorities. Rashid D. Mohammedi, Charge D'affaires at the Afghan Embassy in Abu Dhabi, said the ancient artefacts included two busts of Buddha and Akhaminishi, writing tools and other objects. The 19 artefacts were being smuggled by a European more than 10 days ago.

"They were discovered by Customs officials at Ras Al Khaimah Airport in the baggage of a foreigner on a flight from Kabul. He was arrested and the ancient treasures were confiscated." Ras Al Khaimah Customs officials immediately informed the embassy in Abu Dhabi that they had foiled an attempt to smuggle items out of Afghanistan to Europe.

A senior diplomat went to Ras Al Khaimah and received the artefacts. Arrangements were made to return them to Afghanistan last week. He thanked the UAE government and the Ras Al Khaimah Customs for their quick action to save the ancient treasures which would have disappeared into the international black market.

Mohammedi appealed to the world community to help recover thousands of artefacts looted and sold in the international market by the Taliban. Referring to the UAE cooperation with the people and government of Afghanistan, the Charge d'Affaires said the UAE has been continuously providing financial and material support to rebuild the country. "The UAE government and other institutions and individuals have during the last year or more provided financial and other aid worth $74 million to help rebuild Afghanistan." (The Gulf News)


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