Italy gets 'tied' up instead of ties with Iran, hides its nude sculptures

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Rome, Jan 27: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi went a little too far for signing ties with Iran after he instructed to cover up the nude sculptures of Rome's Capitoline museum to avoid offending President Hassan Rouhani who is visiting the country.

It is said that Italy and Iran will be signing 17 billion Euros of business deals during the two days visit of the Iranian delegation that began on Monday. However, the opposition leaders are not happy and they accuse the PM of going overboard to please them.


They said that Renzi's act of hiding the nude sculptures in a way demeaned the culture of the country. Luca Squeri, a lawmaker in former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia party said,"Respect for other cultures cannot and must not mean negating our own."

She was not the only one to demand an explanation from the leader, but Northern League deputy Barbara Saltamartini and Gianluca Peciola, of the Left, Ecology and Freedom party also deemed this derogatory.

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