According to Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman office, some of the antiques which had been smuggled to Austria were handed over to Iran with the cooperation of Iranian police and Interpol and judicial help.
Iranian representative appreciated Vienna police’s cooperation, saying that it indicates the two countries’ deep and historical ties.
In early May, an official with Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization announced that the relics seized in Austria belong to Iran and must be returned.
Mohammad Hassan Talebian said that the Interpol chief in Iran was informed last year of discovery of ancient Iranian works in Austria.
“There were some bronze objects related to Lorestan, samples of which are kept in Museums of Iran,” he added.
“Among pictures there were a steel Rhyton related to Achaemenid era and a bronze bust related to Sassanid era,” he noted.