Shoe thrown at Iran President's car as he returns home after Obama call

TEHERAN (AFP) - A shoe was thrown towards Iranian President Hassan Rohani's car on Saturday as he arrived home to a mixed reception for his historic call with United States President Barack Obama, an AFP correspondent reported.

Some 60 hardline Islamists chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" as Mr Rohani's motorcade drew out of Teheran's Mehrabad Airport.

But they were outnumbered by 200 to 300 supporters of the President who shouted: "Thank you Rouhani."

A small police contingent separated the rival demonstrators.

The shoe missed the car and Mr Rohani stood up through the sun roof to acknowledge the crowds.

Before leaving New York where he attended the United Nations General Assembly, Mr Rohani had a 15-minute telephone conversation with Mr Obama on Friday, the first contact between leaders of the two countries in more than three decades.