will soon hand over a number of artifacts dating back to the
Seljuk dynasty to Iran in line with a joint campaign against
smuggling of historical artifacts.
Turkish officials have already agreed to return the seized
artifacts to Iran. A bowl belonging to the ancient civilization
of Jiroft was also recently returned to Iran.
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization’s director general
for legal affairs said a group of Iranian experts are presently
in Turkey to identify Iranian artifacts.
Younes Samadi also noted that the Iranian artifacts were
smuggled to Turkey and the Iranians began legal proceedings for
their return a long time ago.
"We anticipate that the Turkish officials will soon return
the artifacts to Iran. Iran has been successful in pursuing the
return of artifacts from abroad," he said.