Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez spoke with the presidents of Kenya and Somalia this Friday about the two doctors kidnapped in Africa several months ago, according to his official account on Twitter.
The tweet reported that the conversations were made by telephone “as part of the permanent follow up” being carried out for the return of the kidnapped Cuban doctors.
“I held telephone conversations with the presidents of Kenya and Somalia, Uhuru Kenyatta and Abdullahi Mohamed, respectively, as part of our ongoing follow up of the actions for the return of our kidnapped doctors, Landy Rodriguez and Assel Herrera,” he said through Twitter.
Sostuve conversaciones telefónicas con los Presidentes de Kenya y Somalia, Excmos. Sres. Uhru Kenyatta y Abdullahi Mohamed como parte del seguimiento permanente que hacemos de las acciones para conseguir el retorno de nuestros médicos secuestrados Landy Rdguez y Assel Herrera.
— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) June 22, 2019
In a similar tweet, Díaz-Canel had reported about another telephone conversation in April, the month in which the kidnapping occurred, without providing further details.
Previously, the foreign ministers of Cuba and Kenya held constant talks about the situation, shortly after the incident.
However, what could be the outcome of the kidnapping or what are the concrete steps of the authorities of the nations involved in the rescue of the Cuban doctors is unknown until now.
The Cuban Ministry of Public Health reported last April about the kidnapping of the two Cuban doctors, Assel Herrera, specialist in Integral General Medicine of the province of Las Tunas, and Landy Rodríguez, specialist in Surgery of the province of Villa Clara, while they were lending their services in the county of Mandera, in Kenya.
Even a group of Somali elders respected in the area tried to intercede on their behalf, with no short-term results. This is a millennial tradition according to which elders provide local reconciliation solutions.
Kenya refused to pay the 1.5 million dollars demanded as ransom, as it is not part of “that country’s government policy.”
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