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Rouhani 'didn't ask for nude statues to be covered up'
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said there had been no prior discussion between Italy and Iran over Italy's decision to obscure nude sculptors during a visit to Rome's Capitoline Museums on Monday.
In a move that sparked widespread criticism in Italy and beyond, the statues were covered up with cardboard boxes to spare Rouhani's blushes and was seen as a mark of respect for the traditions of the Muslim country, which has only just had its trade sanctions lifted.
The statues lined a corridor which the Iranian delegation had to pass on their way to a press conference.
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