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article imageEggs and shoe thrown at Iranian President as he returns home

By Mike White     Sep 28, 2013 in World
Tehran - Eggs and a shoe were thrown at Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on his return from a United Nations' General Assembly meeting in New York City. The incident happened as hundreds of people thanked him for his diplomatic efforts.
The Times reported the incident happened at the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran as hundreds of people gathered in support of the country's president's attempts to solve the international row over Iran's nuclear program. Many people shouted, "Thank you Rowhani," and others held up signs that called the leader, "Lord of Peace."
Sixty other people protested, however. Some shouted, "Death to America" and "Death to Israel." Some threw eggs, and one protester threw a shoe at the president. Throwing a shoe has commonly shown contempt, for religious reasons, in the Muslim world.
CNN reported that while Rowhani was in New York, he spoke with United States President Barack Obama by phone. That was the first direct contact between an American leader and an Iranian leader since 1979.
According to CNN, because of recent comments by the Iranian president, there have been hopes of a deal on the nuclear program.
Iranian leaders have claimed the nuclear program in their country is for peaceful purposes, such as energy. Western leaders have expressed fear it might be to design a nuclear weapon.
Newsmax reported the shoe did not hit Rowhani. Throwing a shoe first gained public attention in the Middle East when someone threw a shoe at American President George W. Bush in 2008, as he met with the Foreign Minister of Iraq.
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