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RESTITUTION CEREMONY FOR ARTWORKS AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS AT THE ITALIAN EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON

Il Gen. Francesco Gargaro, S.E. l’Amb. Mariangela Zappia, la Direttrice associata esecutiva Katrina Berger e la Sottosegretaria di Stato agli affari educativi e culturali Lee Satterfield

“The protection of cultural heritage is a shared value and a duty towards future generations. From this awareness arises the common success of Italy and the United States, which has allowed the return of numerous stolen artworks and archaeological items.” This is how the Italian Ambassador to the United States, Mariangela Zappia, opened the ceremony on October 31st for the return of artworks and archaeological artifacts confiscated by American authorities from private individuals, museum entities, or auction houses. The event was attended by Lee Satterfield, Assistant Secretary of the Department of State, General Francesco Gargaro, Carabinieri Commander for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, and representatives of Homeland Security Investigations. The significance and number of recovered works bear witness to the excellent collaboration between Italy and the United States in the field of cultural heritage protection.