By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL
Iran's Mehr News Agency has posted photographs of opposition leader Mehdi Karoubi at the May 1 funeral of the father of Iranian Culture Minister Mohammad Hosseini.
Cleric and leading reformist Mehdi Karoubi with Culture Minister Mohammad Hosseini
It must have been an awkward situation: Opposition leader and reformist cleric Karoubi greeting and exchanging small talk with some of the very officials who have so recently described him as "one of the leaders of sedition."
Karoubi shakes hand with Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani
In the photographs, Karoubi is seen shaking hands
and smiling with the culture minister, parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, and
President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's first deputy, Mohammad Reza Rahimi.
Death sometimes brings together even those who are fiercely opposed to one another.
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