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United States and The Arab Republic Of Egypt Sign Cultural Bilateral Agreement 2017-10-26T04:18:51+00:00

On November 30, 2016 in Washington, DC, Secretary of State John Kerry and the Arab Republic of Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry signed the first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cultural heritage preservation between the United States and an Arab nation.

With this bilateral agreement, the United States now has cultural memoranda of understanding with sixteen countries, and has imposed emergency actions with similar terms for Iraq and Syria. Such MOUs between demand (“market”) and supply (“source”) countries are a proven tool in discouraging the illicit trade in antiquities and benefit all parties. The restriction of imports of illicit cultural goods to the United States significantly constrains the global black market, given the U.S. position as a leading market for art and antiquities.

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Cultural Property Advisory Committee Hearing for the Arab Republic of Egypt

On Monday, June 2, 2014 members of the Antiquities Coalition joined together with fellow advocates to attend a hearing and show support for a Memorandum of Understand (MoU) between the State Department Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) and the government of Egypt. The MoU would allow CPAC and State to place import restrictions on incoming antiquities from Egypt to help curb the rampant artifact looting and cultural racketeering that has taken place since the Arab Spring. The CPAC has several such bilateral agreements with over a dozen countries.Cultural Property Advisory Committee Hearing for the Arab Republic of Egypt

Testimonies in favor of the MoU included:

David O’Connor (American Research Center in Egypt); Laurel Bestock (Brown University); Douglas Boin (Saint Louis University); Elizabeth Varner (Lawyer’s Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation); Carmen Arnold-Biucchi (Harvard University); Monica Hanna (Egyptologist and activist); Sarah Parcak (University of Alabama at Birmingham and The Antiquities Coalition); and Brian Daniels (Penn Cultural Heritage Center).

Cultural Property Advisory Committee Hearing for the Arab Republic of Egypt