The United Nations kicked off its 67th General Assembly this week, giving world leaders a chance to debate the most pressing issues facing the globe. But for New York City hotel owners, another issue is afoot: whether or to host the dictators and despots — normally considered sworn enemies of the U.S. — who are in town for the annual convention.
Let’s just say, some diplomacy is involved.
Leader’s like Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe who might otherwise be banned from traveling in the U.S. are allowed in when it’s for official U.N. business. But that hasn’t stopped activist groups from trying to limit where they stay in the city.
This year, Midtown’s Warwick Hotel got into hot water for agreeing to put up Ahmadinejad for the second time. An alleged bombing victim sued the hotel to claim Ahmadinejad’s reservation deposit to satisfy a $12 million judgment he has against Iran. The suit was dismissed on Friday — paving the way for the Iranian president’s stay there.
Find out where other controversial leaders, past and present, have hung their proverbial hats while in town for the U.N. General Assembly.