The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi thanked USA as 105 trafficked antiquities, representing diverse regions and traditions of India, returning home from USA.
Responding to the tweet by Embassy of India in Washington DC, the Prime Minister said;
“This will make every Indian happy. Grateful to USA for this. These precious artefacts hold immense cultural and religious significance. Their homecoming is a testament to our commitment to preserving our heritage and rich history.”
The United States on 17 July handed over 105 trafficked antiquities to India.
The repatriation ceremony was held at the Indian Consulate in New York. The restitution of the artefacts is a follow up of an agreement to the effect during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to the U.S. last month.
India and the U.S. have also agreed to work for a Cultural Property Agreement that would help prevent illegal trafficking of cultural artefacts in future during the visit, a statement from the Indian Consulate said.
105 trafficked antiquities, representing diverse regions and traditions of India are returning home from USA.