Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he plans to raise the issue of returning the Parthenon marble sculptures from the British Museum at a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson next week.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mitsotakis said that the sculptures created 2,500 years ago were “stolen” from Athens, “and we need to seriously discuss this issue.”
“I am sure that if the government [Британии]there was a desire, we could agree with the British Museum that we will send abroad for temporary use cultural values that have never left the country, ”Mitsotakis told the newspaper.
“It would be fantastic to say what Boris calls Global Britain if they moved towards this and looked at it through a completely different lens,” he added, describing the reluctance to discuss the issue as “anachronistic”.
UK duty to return Parthenon marble to Athens was raised by the Greek prime minister on Friday, when he spoke at an event in Paris dedicated to the 75th anniversary of UNESCO.