Skip to comments.Reports: Rouhani Home with US 'Gift' of Silver Griffin
Posted on 09/28/2013 12:34:59 PM PDT by ColdOne
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday brought home a 2,700-year-old Persian artifact the US administration gave him as "a special gift" to Iranians, media reports said.
"The Americans contacted us on Thursday and said 'we have a gift for you'," Rouhani told reporters upon arrival at the airport in Tehran, the ILNA news agency reported.
"They gave it back as a special gift to the Iranian nation."
Rouhani was speaking of a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin, a legendary creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion.
It is reported to be worth more than a million dollars.
(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...
Here’s one more sign of a thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations: A 2,700-year-old silver drinking cup, looted from a cave in Iran and seized by U.S. Customs officials a decade ago, was returned to Iran this week. Its value is estimated at a million dollars or more.
The ceremonial drinking vessel from the 7th century B.C., cast in the shape of a winged griffin, has been sitting in a warehouse in New York for years. And for years, U.S. officials have been saying they couldn’t return it to Iran until relations between Washington and Tehran were normalized. “This piece can’t go back,” the New York Post quoted James McAndrew, senior special agent in charge of cultural property for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as saying in 2010.
On Wednesday, the piece went back.
“It is considered the premier griffin of antiquity, a gift of the Iranian people to the world, and the United States is pleased to return it to the people of Iran,” the U.S. State Department said.
Hey! Everything belongs to the king, and anyone who says otherwise must be targeted by the IRS!
Thanks for that info and link.
obama not only negotiates with terrorists, he gives them gifts!
Because those foreign enemies pose no immediate threat to their political power.
Its sick, but indicative of tyrants down through the ages.
Obama is a pure leftwing statist.
On second thought, it's UGLY and who wants to drink anything out of a griffin's buttocks. The creature has a what the heck look on him so who knows what hussein had stuffed in it.
They said nothing.
Obama is GIVING AWAY ALL OF OUR MONEY TO OUR ENEMIES!!!!
Are we to really believe a phone call took place between the 2? Obama got snubbed at the UN why would Ruboni speak to him later?
This is a joke. Russia must be laughing their _ _ _ off.
I would send them a full chamber pot.
Meanwhile, don’t we have some claims against Iran still pending? Seems to me that item should have been sold with the proceeds put on the debt.
The muslims will want to destroy it as it came from the Persian culture before they invaded it.
Obama probably knows it will be destroyed.
WAS THIS ARTIFACT HIS TO GIVE AWAY????
I WANT TO KNOW THAT AS WELL...WILL CONTACT MY CONGRESS PERSON ON MONDAY...
Don’t forget the other problem with Obama: not only is he an arrogant pathological narcissist, he’s not very bright. So it probably never even occurred to him to consider what islamists think about pre-Islamic art (hint: they don’t like it).
Seized by customs officials in 2003, why the hell wasn’t it sold and the proceeds used to offset legal claims against Iran?
I’m betting it’s not a cup but an oil lamp.
How the heck would three people drink out of it,straws?
0 courts our enemies, and shuns our allies
Perhaps you haven’t noticed - we are the enemy.
...a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin... worth more than a million dollars.
“And who called who??”
News brief this a.m. on Fox radio stated that the mullah required the imposter to call him. My guess is that the mullah never picked up the phone.