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Morocco recovers 117 rare fossil pieces from Chile dating back 400 million years ✍️๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

Morocco recovers 117 rare fossil pieces from Chile dating back 400 million years ✍️๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

Yesterday, Monday, in Santiago, Chile, Morocco handed over 117 rare fossil pieces dating back about 400 million years, which had been confiscated by Chilean customs between 2017 and 2022.

The headquarters of the National Library in Chile hosted the ceremony of handing over these unique artifacts to the Moroccan Ambassador in Santiago, Mrs. Kenza El-Ghali, by Mrs. Nelida Bosso Codo, Director of the National Authority for Cultural Monuments, and Josรฉ Luis Castro Montesinos, Deputy Director of Inspection at the Chilean Customs Service, in the presence of representatives of the Chilean National Library. Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Culture and Heritage, Customs and Security Services.

In the same context, Bosso Codo highlighted that the joint cooperation between Morocco and Chile includes many areas, including the protection of fossil monuments that are of great historical importance, noting that this achievement represented by the Chilean customs confiscating Moroccan fossil pieces and returning them to the Kingdom is a clear example of the two countries’ commitment to combating... Illicit trafficking in cultural property, in accordance with international law.

On this occasion, Irwin Preves, Technical Secretary of the Chilean Council of Antiquities, expressed his happiness to contribute to “recovering, without exaggeration, 400 million years (...) its long history that dates back to before the formation of the continents and therefore to a long time before the establishment of Chile and Morocco, that is, before there were “The planet is as we know it today.”

He also expressed his conviction that “coordination and joint work between various institutions and international cooperation are bearing fruit, and have enabled us today to re-deliver these fossil pieces to the Kingdom of Morocco.”

For her part, the Moroccan Ambassador expressed her thanks to the Chilean authorities for their close cooperation over five years in order to restore this ancient Moroccan heritage and hand it over to the Kingdom, noting that “smuggling antiquities and fossil pieces dating back millions of years is perhaps considered worse than drug smuggling.”

After calling for tougher penalties against the perpetrators of these illegal practices, she expressed her great happiness that “these artifacts have finally returned to their original homeland, Morocco, and how beautiful it is to return to the origin.”

On this occasion, Moroccan diplomacy praised the historical ties and strong friendship between Chile and Morocco in many fields, expressing its certainty that the prospects for these relations are promising in the future.

The ceremony of handing over these artifacts to Morocco was preceded by the signing of a cooperation agreement in the field of documentary heritage between the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco and the National Library of Chile.


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