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Bonn Expo to Display Iranian Artifacts

Some 450 artifacts will go on display on April 13 for four months.Some 450 artifacts will go on display on April 13 for four months.

The German city of Bonn will hold an exhibition showcasing ancient Iranian artifacts dating back to seventh millennium BC later this week, said the director of Iran's Museums and Historical Properties Office.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Mohammad Reza Kargar also said work on organizing the expo began three years ago and at times drawn-out negotiations were needed to make it happen, IRNA reported. Some 450 artifacts will go on display on April 13 for four months.

Kargar said the event aims to introduce parts of Iran's history and civilization to the world.

"Such exhibitions help promote Iran and highlight our abilities to safeguard artifacts and manage museums."

He argued that such collaborations can showcase a part of Iran's culture and history, providing a great opportunity for people who are not able to travel long distances to experience the country's ancient culture from close.

Allaying concerns about lending cultural relics to other countries, Kargar said movable properties can be legally lent for exhibitions, arguing that it is a common practice worldwide.

The official noted that permits have been acquired from relevant entities, including Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance, Iran's Customs Administrations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Presidential Office. Furthermore, the German government has accepted the responsibility of any kind of damage to the museum objects.

According to the official, the exhibition will be launched with a number of political, scientific and cultural figures in attendance.


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