Cuban doctors abducted at border between Somalia and Kenya are alive

HAVANA, July 5 (Hornnews24) – Cuba has said on Friday that two of its doctors abducted along Kenya’s troubled border with Somalia in April are alive and doing well.

Cuban Health Minister Jose Angel Portal told journalist on Friday at a press conference in Havana, that his government would leave no stone unturned to secure the release of the country’s doctors held somewhere in either Somalia or Kenya.

Efforts to secure the release of surgeon Landy Rodriguez and internist Assel Herrera represent “a complex process that requires time and discretion to succeed,” he said.

“Cuba’s government will not cease its efforts for their release,” he added.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel recently spoke by phone with his counterparts in Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, and Somalia, Abdullahi Mohamed, to coordinate efforts to recover the doctors, who appear to have been kidnapped by the powerful Islamic fighters known as al-Shabaab.

If the doctors are in the hands of Alshabaab, both Somalia and Kenya, could not contribute to their release and Cuba would therefore be persuaded to seek direct contact to the group.

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