Tackling of Illegal Antiquities Trade Discussed by Culture Ministers of Greece, Egypt

Culture Minister Lina Mendoni (EUROKINISSI/Stelios Missinas, File)

ATHENS – Culture Minister Lina Mendoni met on Friday with her Egyptian counterpart, Dr. Khaled Ahmed El-Enany, who is visiting Athens until Saturday, and discussed the protection of cultural heritage, as well as a trilateral protocol on the issue among Greece, Egypt and Cyprus aiming at the tackling of illegal trade of antiquities.

“We agreed to condemn the illegal trafficking of antiquities and the need for stolen antiquities to be returned to our countries. We express our solidarity and support to Greece on the return of all the stolen monuments,” the Egyptian Minister said.

“We also agreed to organise a major conference with ministers from countries with historic pasts that are suffering from the illegal antiquities trade,” he added.

On her part, Mendoni said that they also discussed issues of museum policy and technical know-how exchange. She also thanked the Egyptian Minister for his collaboration and determination to speed up all issues regarding the two countries’ protection of antiquities.