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Surprised Iran subway riders brush shoulders with president

Surprised commuters in Iran's capital at rush hour share subway with President Hassan Rouhani

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani listens to a woman while board...

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In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani listens to a woman while board...

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Rush-hour passengers in the busy subway of Iran's capital have brushed shoulders with a surprising commuter -- President Hassan Rouhani.

Rouhani, along Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and others in his government, took the subway and other mass transit in Tehran to work Monday. It was part of their effort to mark "National Clean Air Day."

Rouhani spoke to male and female passengers on the subway, as well as waved to surprised commuters. He also had time to hug and talk to a young boy on his trip to work.

Greater Tehran has a population of 12 million people and suffers from a score of urban problems, such as heavy pollution.


Updated : 2021-09-24 21:27 GMT+08:00