Over 400 historical artefacts returned to Turkey from Hungary

Over 400 historical artefacts were returned to Turkey from Hungary six years after they were smuggled out of the country, Diken news site reported on Sunday.

The 412 artefacts, which include marble figures and heads of statutes, as well as wooden and stone findings and coins, were discovered by Hungarian customs authorities in the vehicle of a Turkish national in 2015, prompting Turkish officials to begin a process for seeking their return.

The artefacts were handed over to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who was on an official visit to Hungary, Diken said.

The artefacts were transported on Saturday in the plane taken by Çavuşoğlu back to Ankara and handed over to officials in the Culture and Tourism Ministry, the site said.

They are set to be displayed at the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations in the Turkish capital.

Turkey in recent years has stepped up efforts to stop smuggling and launched initiatives to retrieve stolen artefacts in cooperation with Interpol.

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