Libya's embassy in Washington threw Wednesday a ceremony in which several pottery antiquities of Germanic Civilization from Libya were returned.

The Libyan ambassador Wafaa Bugaages said on the embassy's website that the recovery of the antiquities was very significant as they are a vital part of the history of Libya and humankind as a whole.

The ambassador thanked the US government and State Department as well as the Department of the Interior for their cooperation with Libyan authorities.

The antiquities were returned by a US citizen who has been keeping them since the 1960s.

Libya signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the US last February in order to cooperate in returning smuggled and stolen antiquities to Libya.