Iranian Pres. returns to cheers, jeers

Hailey Colwell


Iranian President Hassan Rowhani returned to Tehran from New York Saturday after a United Nations trip that culminated in a historic phone conversation with Barack Obama to a mixture of cheers and protests, news sources reported.

About 60 hardline Islamists shouted chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" as the President's caravan left the Mehrabad Airport, the Financial Express reported.

Others threw eggs and a shoe at his car, The Guardian reported.

The President's protesters were outnumbered by 200 to 300 supporters who cheered, "Thank you Hassan Rowhani," the Financial Express reported.

Before the President left New York, where he was attending the UN General Assembly, he had a 15-minute telephone conversation with Obama on Friday – the first contact between the two countries' leaders in more than 30 years, the Financial Express reported.