“In highlighting the importance of sports for youth refugees it is especially exciting to be joined today by Mr. Meb Keflezighi, who is himself a refugee from Eritrea and who, just last Monday, won the Boston Marathon. Mr. Keflezighi, last week’s race was a moving day for all involved. You moved everyone by moving the fastest! Congratulations on your victory!” – Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General
By Eritrean Mission to the UN,
ON MONDAY 28 April 2014, Meb Kiflezghi, an Eritrean-American winner of the New York and Boston Marathons and an Olympic Silver Medalist, visited the Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the United Nation in New York.
Meb was congratulated on his tremendous accomplishments by Ambassador Girma Asmerom, the Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the UN, as well as the staff at the Eritrean Mission.
During his visit, Meb Kiflezghi said,
“My message to the youth of the world in general and the Eritrean youth in particular is that every human being has to remember and reflect where they came from, where they are, and where they are going, that is why I’m proud to be an American of Eritrean origin”.
Meb also said “If you are focused, dedicated, disciplined and humble you will definitely achieve whatever you do and want to do in life”.
He wished President Isaias Afewerki good health and prosperity to the people of Eritrea.
He thanked Ambassador Girma and the Mission staff for the warm Eritrean reception and greetings they accorded to him and his brother and manager Mr. Merhawi Kiflezghi.
Ambassador Girma on his part thanked Meb Kiflezghi for visiting the mission and wished him luck in his future endeavors.
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