Modi US Visit LIVE Updates: PM Leaves for Home After ‘Landmark’ Visit, to Bring Back 157 Antiquities Handed Over by America

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PM Modi will bring home 157 artefacts and antiquities, which were handed over to India by the US during his visit, with both he and President Biden expressing commitment to strengthening efforts to combat theft, illicit trade and trafficking of cultural objects.

While nearly half of the artefacts (71) are cultural, the other half consists of figurines related to Hinduism (60), Buddhism (16) and Jainism (9), an official statement said on Saturday. The list of 157 artefacts includes a diverse set of items ranging from the one-and-a-half metre bas relief panel of Revanta in sandstone of the 10th CE to the 8.5 cm tall, exquisite bronze Nataraja from the 12th CE.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that in an all meetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, beginning with the US leadership, there was a “suo moto” recognition of the concerns that Pakistan has both supported and nurtured cross-border terrorism, including in and from Afghanistan. Pakistan’s neighbours, including Afghanistan’s previous government and India, and the US have long accused Islamabad of providing safe haven and support to militants. “In all the meetings the Prime Minister had, beginning with US leadership, there was a suo moto recognition of the concerns that Pakistan represents as a country that has in many senses both supported and nurtured cross-border terrorism, including in Afghanistan and from Afghanistan, he said.

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