Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Al Damati said Egypt's policies are currently focusing on restoring all antiquities which have been smuggled from the country over the past period.
In statements to MENA on the fringe of his three-day visit to Germany, the minister said his visit aimed at restored some artifacts which have been smuggled from Egypt as they will handed over at the Egyptian embassy here on Thursday.
The minister said he will also take part in an exhibition titled "One God...Abrahams Legacy on the Nile" that will be inaugurated at Bode Museum later in the day.
On show, there will over 250 objects from Egypt's rich cultural heritage. Many come from the collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and have never gone on show before. The Berlin objects are enriched in number by outstanding pieces from the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Louvre, the Cambridge University Library and other collections.
The exhibition takes its name from Abraham, the original father and archetype for monotheistic faith and a powerful common thread linking Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Also presented in the exhibition are other figures that appear across all three religions, such as Moses, Daniel, Joseph, or the Archangel Gabriel, who were popular figures in Egypt. Based on evidence found in Egypt of the holy scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, visitors are given a brief introduction to the essential characteristics of the three world religions. The display also reveals the different types of sacred buildings - synagogue, church, and mosque - and explains their architectural history and dissemination in Egypt.
The minister has highly appreciated the efforts exerted by the Egyptian embassy in Berlin on working on restoring the stolen Egyptian antiquities from Germany whether through legal pursuit or diplomacy.
He said as many as 240 pieces of antiquities will soon be restored from Paris, 230 others from New York and 10 from Australia.