Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s trip to New York City reportedly expanded beyond meeting with foreign dignitaries at the United Nations. According to the New York Post, the Iranian president’s six-night stay also included a “secret sit-down” with militant Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan and members of the New Black Panther Party:
The president shared a hush-hush meal with Farrakhan and members of the New Black Panther Party Tuesday at the Warwick Hotel on West 54th Street.
The meeting of the podium smackers took place in a banquet room, where the fiery leaders presumably exchanged theories on what’s wrong with the world.
Farrakhan has a history of meeting with controversial foreign leaders and has been criticized for being anti-Semitic. In 1984, Farrakhan traveled with Rev. Jeremiah Wright to meet with Libya’s de facto leader Muammar Khadafi.
Upon his arrival back in the United States, Farrakhan delivered a sermon condemning the state of Israel:
Now that nation called Israel never has had any peace in 40 years and she will never have any peace because there can be no peace structured on injustice, thievery, lying and deceit and using the name of God to shield your gutter religion under His holy and righteous name.
The Post characterized Ahmadinejad’s New York visit as “paranoia on parade,” noting that the foreign leaders’ traveling entourage took up about 90 hotel rooms with more than 20 for security alone.
He never set foot in the lobby. Bulletproof glass was installed over room windows. When he left for meetings at the Iranian Mission, on Third Avenue, or the United Nations, he departed by an employee entrance, the path covered in a white tent — a veritable tunnel to his vehicle. His head was covered with a white cloth. No one saw him on the street.