A NEW ALL-TIME LOW: Rome covers nude statues for Iranian President Rouhani as to not offend the world’s muslims
Statues at Rome’s Capitoline Museum were hidden before Iranian president Rouhani and Italian PM Renzi arrived there.
By Gil Ronen
Several nude statues at Rome’s Capitoline Museum were hidden behind plywood boxes Monday, so as not to offend the sensibilities of visiting Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.
Rouhani and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi spoke at the museum after several Italian firms signed business deals worth about 17 billion euros ($18.42 billion) with Iran. The leaders shared a stage with and a very large statue of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius riding a horse.
The Iranian president had a 40-minute meeting on Tuesday with Pope Francis, who urged Iran to work with other Middle Eastern countries against terrorism and arms trafficking, according to the Vatican.
Rouhani asked the pontiff to pray for him, and gave him the gift of a hand-made carpet.
Rouhani is heading a 120-strong delegation of Iranian business leaders and ministers, and will fly to France on Wednesday following his two-day visit to Italy.
Italy also chose to honor their guest’s religious sensitivities by not serving wine at official meals with
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