Twitter users posted scathing comments on her choice of dress - a pink sari with matching shawl that covered her from head to toe.
Some users compared Swaraj’s look with other women who have met Rouhani in the past. A combination picture tweeted by @padhalikha showing woman ministers of other countries meeting Rouhani went viral.
Another Twitter user @AAPkSaath posted picture of CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour interviewing Rouhani without a scarf.
Many questioned whether Swaraj was compelled to wear such a dress. “Mam i have never seen you covering head and self in such a fashion ever. What was compulsion?” @pbengani tweeted.
However others defended Swaraj saying these dress codes are inevitable during bilateral meets.
@Spexmp tweeted “There are some decorum maintain even in small offices its a bilateral relation lots of occasion they do.”
“Nothing wrong in respecting local culture. Many foreign leaders wear saree say Namaste” @smedia4 tweeted.