Egypt retrieves 2 smuggled Greco-Roman artifacts from Italy

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Egypt retrieved from Italy two artifacts dating back to the Greco-Roman era of ancient Egypt some 2,000 years ago, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said in a statement on Thursday.

The first artifact is the upper part of a statue of a woman and the second a small jug. Both are made of pottery.

In a ceremony in Rome, the two pieces were handed by Roberto Riccardi, commander of Italy's Carabinieri Unit for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, to Egyptian Ambassador to Italy Hisham Badr.

Badr said the move came as "continuation of the constructive cooperation between the Egyptian and Italian sides to preserve the cultural heritage of the Egyptian and Roman civilizations."

In 2008, Egypt and Italy signed an agreement for retrieving smuggled antiquities. In 2018 alone, Egypt recovered 195 smuggled artifacts and 21,660 ancient coins from Italy, according to the ministry statement. 

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