Cuban president discusses with Somali and Kenyan leaders over…

Miguel Díaz-Canel
Miguel Díaz-Canel

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has held talks with his Somali and Kenyan counterparts, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Uhuru Kenyatta respectively.

Miguel who spoke by phone with his counterparts has discussed with them over negotiations for the release of two Cuban doctors abducted.

Diaz-Canel said via Twitter that he spoke with Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta and Somalia’s Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “as part of our efforts to secure the return of our two kidnapped doctors.”

“I had conversation with the presidents of Kenya and Somalia. We exchanged on the current state of bilateral relations and step to save Assel Herrera and Landy Rodriguez,” the tweet reads in part.

On 12th of April this year, gunmen kidnapped two Cuban doctors from Mandera town.

The two doctors are among 100 Cuban specialists who arrived in Kenya in June 2018 under a bilateral arrangement between Kenyan and Cuban governments.

Al-Shabaab had been carrying out a deadly raid and bomb explosions in Kenya since 2011 when the East African nation deployed its military in Somalia to the group.

Mandera which is on Kenya’s border with Somalia had witnesses attacks previously conducted al-Shabaab militants.

The group majorly targeted non-locals in Mandera county, leading the county to lose labour from other counties including doctors, teachers and quarry workers.

Attacks by Al-Shabaab fighters are frequent in the area as the rebels try to pressure the Kenyan government into withdrawing its troops from Somalia.

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