Rouhani home with US 'gift' of silver griffin: Reports
TEHERAN (AFP) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday brought home a 2,700-year-old Persian artifact the US administration gave him as "a special gift" to Iranians, media reports said.
"The Americans contacted us on Thursday and said 'we have a gift for you'," Mr Rouhani told reporters upon arrival at the airport in Teheran, the ILNA news agency reported.
"They gave it back as a special gift to the Iranian nation." Mr Rouhani was speaking of a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin, a legendary creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion.
It is reported to be worth more than a million dollars.