Modi attends event for return of Indian idols

US India Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi look at three statues during a ceremony marking the repatriation of over 200 artifacts to the Indian government, in Washington on Monday | AP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a function here during which Indian idols lying in the US have been returned to India.

"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.

Modi 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.

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