Azerbaijan, Baku, March 13 / Trend, D. Khatinoglu /
Influential Iranian Ayatollahs Naser Makarem Shirazi and Lotfollah Safi Golpaygani have sharply criticized the fact that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hugged Hugo Chavez's mother during a farewell ceremony for Venezuela's deceased president and condemned Norwuz celebrations in the country, Mehr agency reported today.
He said that besides music, there were dances during the four-hour Norwuz ceremony in Tehran. This contradicts Sharia law.
President Ahmadinejad's hugging of Hugo Chavez's mother Elena Frias on March 9 was condemned by the Iranian religious establishment. Earlier, chairman of the community of religious teachers, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi said that Ahmadinejad's gesture is an action that was not appropriate for a president.