Today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs premises, the Ministry of Antiquities has officially received an ancient Egyptian relief recovered from London that was stolen and illegally smuggled out of Egypt.
Shaaban Abdel-Gawad, General Supervisor of Antiquities Repatriation Department at the ministry, explains that the Ministry of Antiquities succeed to observe this artifact through following up websites of international auction halls. The newly recovered relief was on display at one of London auction houses. the ministry took all the necessary procedures to stop the sale of the relief and withdraw it from auction .
Abdel-Gawad said that the relief was displayed in the open museum of Karnak Temple at Luxor, and on it carved the cartouche of King Amonhotep I.
He continues that the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, the Egyptian Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Egyptian embassy in london and all concerned British authorities have been coordinating to recover the relief, and the Egyptian Embassy in London received it in September 2018