Ahmalalah the Playboy
Iran's president has come under fire from a conservative newspaper after he publicly kissed the hand of a woman who used to be his school teacher.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a conservative by the standards of Iranian politics, was attacked by the Hezbollah newspaper for acting "contrary to Sharia law".
It accused him of "indecency and violating religious values".
The elderly woman at the centre of the controversy was wearing thick gloves, a headscarf, and a long black coat.
Ahmadinejad, better known in the west for his fiery anti-Israel rhetoric and his staunch defence of Iran's nuclear program, has been criticised in the past by ultra-conservative elements in Iran.
He once suggested that women should be allowed to watch football matches. This proved highly controversial and was turned down.
May. 4, 2007
I would rather say that the dinner episode and the kissing hands episode perfectly illustrate how hard it is to bring grandmas, violinists and fundamentalists together.
Iran FM walks out of dinner when seated near Rice
Iran's foreign minister walked out of a dinner of diplomats where he was seated directly across from US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on the pretext that the female violinist entertaining the gathering was dressed too revealingly.
"I dont know which woman he was afraid of, the woman in the red dress or the secretary of state," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Friday.
The dinner episode Thursday night perfectly revealed how hard it was to bring together the top diplomats of the two rival nations at this regional conference.
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