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Italian Museum Covers Roman Nude Statues During Iran President's Visit

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    Plywood panels cover naked statues inside the Campidoglio during a meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi in Rome, Italy on Jan. 25, 2016.

    Nude statues were hidden in Rome in an apparent attempt not to offend the visiting president of socially-conservative Iran.

    President Hassan Rouhani was in Italy on Tuesday as part of a European tour aimed at drumming up investment in Iran following years of international sanctions.

    He met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Rome's Capitoline Museums on Monday evening — where large white boxes covered up exhibits of nude statues from ancient Rome.

    Italy's ANSA News Agency said the move to limit Rouhani's exposure was out of respect for Iranian culture.