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Italy covers nude statues for Muslim visit

Rome executed a swift cover-up.
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Ply box panels have been placed around some of Rome’s most revealing prized works of antiquity during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s European visit.

Mr Rouhani visited the famous Capitoline museum with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday (AEDT).

In order not to offend the leader, nude statues and works of art were covered up with white panels during the museum tour.

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Alcohol was also not served at a dinner hosted in the Iranian president’s honour, in keeping with Islam’s dietary rules.

This was Mr Rouhani’s first trip to Europe since the nuclear weapons program agreement was signed.

About A$25 billion worth of pacts with Western governments and companies were made during the tour.

On Wednesday (AEDT), the president visited Pope Francis at The Vatican.

The European visit is further proof that Tehran is keen on establishing economic and diplomatic ties with the West, according to analysts.

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