The items were returned by Minister of Culture Mohammed Murtada to Iraq’s ambassador to Lebanon during a ceremony held at the National Museum of Beirut.
A small clay tablet dating back 3,500 years and bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh, which was looted from an Iraqi museum during the first Gulf War in 1991, is returned to Iraq along with two other artefacts.
The US authorities have handed over nearly 250 antiquities, worth an estimated $15 million, to the Indian consulate in New York City after a long-running investigation of a stolen art scheme.
Iraq's archaeological treasures dating back 4,000 years were plundered during decades of war and insurgency, with US saying they were traded illegally by dealers in Israel and UAE.
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