Egyptian artifact illegally taken out of the country has been returned.

An ancient Egyptian artifact illegally smuggled out of the country has been returned after being displayed at an auction hall in London.

Egypt’s ministry of antiquities said it was retrieved following searches of international auction websites.

The ministry added that steps were taken to stop the sale and withdraw the listing.

Ministry’s director-general, Shaaban Abdel Gawad, said the archaeological item was earlier exhibited at the open museum of the ancient Temple of Karnak in the city of Luxor.

He said the antiquities ministry worked with the Egyptian foreign ministry, Egypt’s embassy in London and British authorities to recover the section of tablet, adding that the embassy in London had received it last September.

The country has warned that it will not co-operate with foreign museums in relation to exhibits on ancient Egyptian sites unless smuggled artifacts are returned.

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