The items returned to India included religious statues, bronzes and terra-cotta pieces, some dating back 2,000 years, plundered from some of India's most treasured religious sites.
Here are pictures of some of the artefacts. pic.twitter.com/Q4PWMOee2X— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 7 июня 2016 г.
"I am grateful to the United States and President Obama for returning these treasures to India. For the people of India, it is a part of our culture and heritage that joins us to our past, that joins us to our values," the Prime Minister said in his brief remarks.
A focus on heritage & culture…I thank the US government for the return of precious cultural artefacts to India. pic.twitter.com/9mxjtEU527— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 7 июня 2016 г.
The artifacts included a statue of Saint Manikkavichavakar, a Hindu mystic and poet from the Chola period, around 850 AD to 1250 AD, which was stolen from the Sivan Temple in Chennai and is valued at $1.5 million. The collection of repatriated items also had a 1,000-year-old bronze sculpture of the Hindu god Ganesha.
"It is my hope and the hope of the American people that this repatriation will serve as a sign of our great respect for India's culture, our deep admiration for its people, and our sincere appreciation for the ties between our nations," said US Attorney General Loretta Lynch.