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Haile puts Spanish PM through his paces

Spanish Prime Minster Jose Luis Zapatero warmed up for his speech at the opening session of the AU Summit by going for an early morning run with Haile Gebreselassie and Derartu Tulu in the Entoto Hills last Sunday, Capital reported today.According to the weekly English paper, Zapatero, who runs three or four times a week, and has a best time of under 50 minutes for 10km, had little difficulty keeping up with Ethiopia’s famous Olympic champions who set an easy pace for the 8 km run-in consideration of the prime minister’s arrival in Ethiopia late the previous evening.
The same could hardly be said for the prime minister’s body guards who are likely to remember the exercise as one of their most grueling high altitude endeavors.
Capital wrote that Haile is well-versed in the art of hosting visiting government ministers. In 2008 he took the then Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen for a run at Entoto.

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  1. Berhanu
    February 9, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Late alone high altitude place like Entoto, even if they try to run around Abyot Adebabay, they would have hard time jogging. At least they have to get used to the weather for three days or more. Then, think about Entoto.

  2. February 9, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I can`t belive. Zapatero run in Entoto… with Haile…
    It could be a good way to strengthen our PM. He need it.

  3. Meles
    February 12, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Hello Haile, this is Meles Zenawi Ze Bhere Adwa.
    I am writing from the Arat Kilo palace () to tell you that I am not in any a way pleased with what you did. In case you forgot, I should make it a point to remind you that I am the exclusive representative and owner of Ethiopia in dealing with foreign government’s presidents or prime ministers. That is the power bestowed upon on me by the constitution. The fact that you are messing with the Spanish prime minister, running around with him in Entoto Mountain is not only unacceptable but something that could set a dangerous trend in the country’s diplomatic endeavors. It is a provocation that tests our (I mean my) patience. When such provocation especially comes from skinny man who has no other talent than running is simply disgusting and sickening. Who knows, when one day Obama visits me, you might have the audacity to bring him straight from the airport to the palace sprinting. And whispering all the things he would be asking you.
    I’d rather be buried than seeing see that. Please major Haile behave yourself and watch out your legs. Your legs might have brought you fortune but we will not sit and watch when they move around unnecessarily to bring potential problem for our continued existence. If any prime minister or president set foot with you be it on the mountain, flat land, lake, bridge, forest or sky again, I will not hesitate to order necessary actions for the protection of diplomatic integrity of this (my personal property) country. Don’t forget what we have done for those were waving their fingers annoyingly and provocatively. You will not in your right mind do that again, unless you want to join that lady in the prison. Even the lady was thrown in to jail for lesser transgression, for making some silly speech.

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