New York City’s Warwick Hotel will not count the Iranian delegation among its guests during this year’s United Nations General Assembly, breaking a controversial two-year run of playing host to the Islamic State’s official representatives.
United Against a Nuclear Iran, an advocacy group that works to persuade companies against doing business with Iran in an effort to dissuade the country from pursuing its ambition to obtain nuclear weapons, has lobbied the hotel in past years to have the delegation refused accommodation, and said on Tuesday it was pleased by the news.
“This year, the Warwick made the right decision. Any hotel that hosts [Iranian President Hassan] Rouhani and the Iranian delegation will be putting profit above principle, and subjecting its guests and the New York community to great inconvenience,” UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace said in a statement.
However, in an email to The Algemeiner, Kelly Leftheris, director of sales and marketing at the hotel, said on Wednesday: “The hotel has not refused the group. The decision was made by the client.”
Nathan Carleton, communications director for UANI, told The Algemeiner subsequently that his organization was still pleased, no matter the circumstances, that the Iranian delegation would not be accommodated at the hotel.
“Whatever the reason, we are pleased that the Warwick will not be hosting the Iranian delegation this year. We know that the Warwick’s guests will also be pleased to not have to endure repeated searches and pat downs, or be physically accosted in the lobby by aggressive Iranian security officers,” Carleton said.
He added that UANI has lobbied the hotel since 2011 not to allow the Iranians to stay at the Warwick during the UNGA, but has only now received a response from the hotel as to the status of the Iranian delegation.
Last year The Algemeiner reported that lawyers for an American terror victim now living in Israel served the Warwick Hotel with papers demanding the rights to the rooms that then Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had booked. The victim has a $12 million dollar judgement against the Iranian government which was awarded in 2004 by the District Federal Court in Washington