Saudi heritage commission retrieves more than 1,000 relics from US

A SCTH awareness campaign has been set up to promote the importance of returning heritage artifacts. (SPA)
Updated 04 April 2019
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Saudi heritage commission retrieves more than 1,000 relics from US

  • Some of the items recovered date back to prehistoric times

RIYADH: More than 1,100 historical objects taken to the US from Saudi Arabia have been returned to the Kingdom.

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has undertaken registration of 1,127 artifacts and relics that it successfully managed to restore from America, in coordination with the Saudi Foreign Ministry.

Some of the items recovered date back to prehistoric times.

The director-general of archiving and protecting antiquities at SCTH, Naif Al-Qannour, said the commission had stepped up its efforts to recover national treasures from inside and outside the Kingdom.

Al-Qannour added that many of the objects had been voluntarily handed over to the Kingdom by relatives of US citizens who worked in Saudi Arabia during the 1960s.

Abdul Aziz Al-Dayel, head of the retrieved relics department, said experts from SCTH sort, take photos and document the items, and then record them on the commission’s national relics register. The distinctive pieces will be showcased at the restored relics pavilion in the National Museum of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, he added.

A SCTH awareness campaign has been set up to promote the importance of returning heritage artifacts and offers financial rewards to those who return items or report them lost or stolen.

To date, more than 53,000 pieces have been recovered from inside and outside the Kingdom.


China’s Belt and Road Initiative consistent with Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, says Chinese envoy

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative consistent with Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, says Chinese envoy

RIYADH: Chinese Ambassador Chen Weiqing said his country’s Belt and Road Initiative is consistent with the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, and he praised communication between the two countries.

“China and the Kingdom are among the leading forces of dialogue among civilizations,” Chen said during an iftar at his home. 

“We join our two countries in promoting security and stability in the region, and the whole world, through dialogue among civilizations. We strive for the integrated aspiration of mankind.”

Chen, who was appointed ambassador to Saudi Arabia This month, said: “Cooperation between China and the Kingdom enjoys the characteristics of strategy, harmony and mutual benefit.”

The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was held in Beijing last month, and a Saudi delegation attended.

It was a chance for countries to pitch for investment in a massive infrastructure project aimed at connecting China with the rest of the world.

“Saudi Arabia has applied economic and social reforms over the past few years, and has made significant progress toward achieving its goals,” Chen said.