US must repatriate all Achaemenid tablets without excuses, Iran asserts

US must repatriate all Achaemenid tablets without excuses, Iran asserts

Iran’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations says the United States must return the country’s Achaemenid clay tablets without any exceptions and excuses.

According to Majid Takht-Ravanchi, the United States has repeatedly resorted to excuses to put off repatriating the tablets to Iran.

“About 90 years ago, the Achaemenid tablets were transferred to the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago on a three-year loan,” IRNA on Tuesday quoted Takht-Ravanchi as saying.

“Unfortunately, they have not been fully returned since then,” he added.

Several batches of Achaemenid-era clay tablets and related fragments have been delivered to Iran in recent years, but thousands of parts are still held in the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

Takht-Ravanchi asserted Iran’s demand is “clear,” reiterating that all of the loaned tablets must be delivered to the Iranian government intact.

He said the tablets are part of Iran’s culture and history and…

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