FBI hands over cultural artifacts and antiquities to Vietnam

Tuesday, 09/08/2022 10:56
A ceremony was held on August 5 at the headquarters of the Vietnamese Embassy in the Washington, the US to receive several cultural artifacts and antiquities from the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Dung (third from right) at the handover ceremony of Vietnamese antiques from representatives of the FBI (Photo: baoquocte.vn) 

The cultural artifacts and antiquities include one vase, one tool set consisting of eight pieces of copper, and one stone axe.

Speaking before handing over the cultural artifacts, a representative of the FBI said that through the investigation process which lasted from 2013 to 2014, which is the largest single discovery of cultural property in FBI history. They discovered and seized a large collection of over 7,000 cultural artifacts and antiques, illegally kept by a US citizen.

A year before his death, the man expressed his wish to return the cultural artifacts and antiques to the community and their country of origin.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Nguyen Quoc Dung thanked the efforts of the US government and competent agencies in international co-operation in the prevention of transnational crimes, including cultural and artistic crimes.

The Vietnamese Embassy will soon bring them home, handing them over to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the National Museum of History of Vietnam for their assessment, research, and exhibition.

Vietnam and the US have launched a range of bilateral professional co-operation and co-ordination activities on the basis of the "Memorandum of Understanding on prevention and control of transnational crimes" signed between the Ministry of Public Security and the FBI.

The Vietnamese Embassy is keen to serve as a bridge to further step up ties between ministries, sectors, and agencies of the two nations,  Ambassador Dung affirmed./.