Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Lee Satterfield will travel to New York, New York on Monday, August 8, where he will join the Honorable Keo Chhea, Ambassador of the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the United States United and representatives from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USASD) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for a repatriation ceremony of 30 pieces of cultural property, including a 10th-century sculpture “Skanda in a peacock”, which has cultural and religious significance for the people of Cambodia. The Assistant Secretary’s visit will follow Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to Cambodia this week and underscores the United States’ commitment to preserving cultural heritage and property in Cambodia and around the world, as well as bilateral and people-to-people relations. United States and Cambodia.
Assistant Secretary Satterfield will also highlight Cambodia’s regional leadership as a partner in protecting cultural heritage through the US-Cambodia cultural property agreement, the only such agreement between the United States and an ASEAN member. For more than 20 years, the United States has worked to protect, preserve, and honor Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage with Cambodian partners, American academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations.
Monday’s repatriation ceremony is part of a United States government-wide approach to protecting and preserving global cultural heritage. Through the US Cultural Heritage Coordinating Committee, 16 US government agencies, led by the State Department and chaired by Assistant Secretary Satterfield, work together to prevent the looting and illegal trade of international cultural property, while also promoting the exchange legal cultural property for cultural. , educational and scientific purposes.
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