‘Self­ies of hu­mil­i­a­tion’ with EU diplo­mat: Iran pa­pers slam MPs

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

An Ira­nian MP (cen­tre) uses a cell phone to take a ‘selfie’ as EU for­eign pol­icy chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini (sec­ond from right) walks by dur­ing the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony for Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani, in Tehran on Sat­ur­day Tehran, Iran - Iran’s news­pa­pers were dom­i­nated on Mon­day by ac­cu­sa­tions law­mak­ers had em­bar­rassed them­selves by clam­our­ing to take self­ies with EU for­eign pol­icy chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini dur­ing her visit.

Mogherini was among dozens of for­eign guests in Iran for the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani on Sat­ur­day, but she ap­peared to cap­ture the most at­ten­tion as mem­bers of par­lia­ment crowded round to grab a snap with her.

Im­ages of the law­mak­ers perched on desks and lin­ing up with their smart­phones in front of the Ital­ian diplo­mat trig­gered a storm of anger and ridicule on Ira­nian so­cial me­dia un­der the hash­tag ‘self­ies of hu­mil­i­a­tion’.

‘Dear MPs, thank you for dis­grac­ing 80 mil­lion peo­ple’, wrote one Twit­ter user.

Others drew com­par­isons with iconic im­ages such as Walt Dis­ney’s seven dwarves lin­ing up to fawn over Snow White.

At least one law­maker apol­o­gised for his lack of deco­rum, but the is­sue still dom­i­nated Mon­day’s front pages.

The re­formist Ghanoon daily had a car­toon of Mogherini in the style of Ed­vard Munch’s fa­mous paint­ing The Scream, with Ira­nian par­lia­men­tar­i­ans peep­ing from the cor­ners with their mo­bile phones snap­ping away.

The episode ‘shows the lack of proper ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try’, it wrote in its edi­to­rial.

But the ul­tra-con­ser­va­tive Kay­han daily did not see the funny side. ‘Those who are sup­posed to de­fend the rights of the na­tion against the en­emy queue up to snap pho­tos in a hu­mil­i­at­ing way with the vi­o­la­tors’, it said.

Mogherini, who held talks with Rouhani as part of the Euro­pean Union’s bid to re­build trade ties with Iran, did not com­ment on the con­tro­versy.


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