Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attended the Repatriation of Cultural Property ceremony at the Blair House in Washington.
Repatriation is the returning of art or cultural heritage to country of its origin or owners.
“Restoring India’s cultural heritage: PM @narendramodi attends ceremony for return of idols with US Attorney General,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted on Tuesday, as Modi attended the event.
“Today, we begin the process of returning more than 200 stolen cultural objects back to India,” US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, according to a tweet by Swarup.
“Usually its the present that brings nations together, but sometimes its the heritage that brings two nations closer,” Modi said on the occasion.
Modi also thanked US President Barack Obama for returning the Indian idols.
“I am grateful to President Obama for returning to us these treasures which join us to our past,” the prime minister said.
“For some, these artefacts may be measured in monetary terms but for us this is beyond that. It’s a part of our culture and heritage,” Modi said.