ROME - The wife of Iran’s president made a rare public appearance and, even more rare, a speech at a forum on the eve of a United Nations summit to fight hunger that begins today.
Azam al-Sadat Farahi almost never appears in public with her husband, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and is believed never to have addressed a public gathering.
She came to the forum of wives of heads of state yesterday before the start today of the three-day summit on a strategy to fight world hunger, held at the Rome headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO.
With a black chador wrapped tightly about her, Farahi did not take the podium but spoke from her seat among the rows of spouses of some of the 60 heads of state expected to attend the summit, said Christopher Matthews, FAO spokesman.
The Italian news agency ANSA said she described Iran as an example in the fight against hunger, saying her country’s system guarantees food security for all families.