Nude statues in Rome’s Capitoline Museums were covered up during a recent visit by the president of Iran, and the move is drawing criticism in Italy, according to Italian media reports.

White wooden panels were placed around the statues Monday, when Iranian president Hassan Rouhani publicly met with Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

The cover-up was undertaken as a show of respect for Iranian culture, ANSA reported, adding that alcohol — which is considered forbidden by some Islamic followers — also was not served during the meet-up between the Iran’s and Italy’s leaders.
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