Iranians cheer, also protest over Rohani-Obama chat
DUBAI (REUTERS) - Hundreds of Iranians cheered President Hassan Rohani on his return from New York on Saturday after his historic phone call with US President Barack Obama but a smaller number of hardliners shouted "Death to America" and threw eggs and shoes at his official car leaving the airport, Iranian media reported.
While an anticipated handshake between Mr Rohani and Mr Obama at United Nations headquarters failed to materialise, they held a 15-minute call on Friday at the end of the moderate new Iranian president's trip for the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
Iranian media said hundreds of Rohani supporters keen to see him make good on pledges of "constructive interaction" with the world to ease Iran's international isolation and get punitive sanctions lifted turned up to hail his UN visit.
But about 100 conservative hardliners also appeared and, shouting the "Death to America" slogan common since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, pelted his official car with eggs and stones in protest at Mr Rohani's diplomatic opening towards Washington, according to witness reports posted on Twitter.