The President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that "the Zionists have created a false 2500-year old culture for itself" in order to "deprive other nations of their historical roots".
This was the Iranian president said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition "Treasures dzhiroftskoy civilization" dedicated return 5,000 artifacts in the south-western region of Iran, Jiroft, after they were smuggled to the UK seven years ago.
Ahmadinejad stated that the "enemies of the West and the Iranian people do not have enough historical background." They are, in his words, "are opposed to any steps that represent the history and culture of the great Iranian nation."
According to the report, historical relics, aged 5000 years, which includes two jugs, five cups, six vases, one bowl, one dish and three weights, were delivered to Iran, Foreign Ministry officials in Tehran last week.