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Pyramid stone row: Egypt asks Museum of Scotland for papers

The Egyptian government is calling for access to the certification documents for all Egyptian antiquities displayed at the National Museum of Scotland, following a row over plans by the museum to display a casing stone from the Great Pyramid of Giza next month.

Shaaban Abdel Gawad, the head of the repatriation department at Egypt’s ministry of antiquities, told the Guardian: “If we find that anything left Egypt illegally, we work to repatriate it back to Egypt, as is our right.”

Authorities in Cairo first raised objections after reading reports last week that the Edinburgh museum planned to exhibit the casing stone as part of a new permanent gallery called Ancient Egypt Rediscovered.