The Yemeni government calls for a ban on the sale of smuggled antiquities in European auctions

17 June, 2022
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The Yemeni government calls for a ban on the sale of smuggled antiquities in European auctions

The Yemeni government called on European countries to prevent commercial agencies from selling smuggled Yemeni antiquities in auctions in a number of European cities.


The Yemeni Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement today that it "observed that some commercial agencies offered some Yemeni artifacts for sale in a number of European cities," pointing out that it directed the concerned embassies to communicate with the foreign ministries in the concerned countries to prevent this.


And the ministry demanded that these pieces be handed over to the Yemeni competent authorities, "because they are Yemeni antiquities that no one has the right to dispose of in any way," explaining that it "is studying all options and ways available to recover these pieces as a right of the Yemeni people that cannot be waived or waived."

The ministry called on "friendly countries in Europe to prevent those commercial agencies that announced the sale of Yemeni antiquities in auctions and to stop these procedures, and to understand the extreme sensitivity and complete refusal of the Yemeni government and the Yemeni people to sell any piece of Yemeni antiquities, due to its close connection with the ancient Yemeni civilization and its glorious history."


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