Cuban president discusses with his Somali counterpart over abducted doctors

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The governments of Somalia and Cuba have discussed means to release the two recently abducted doctors amid rescue operations are underway.

On 12th of this month, gunmen from Gedo region of Somalia kidnapped two Cuban doctors from Mandera town.

The abducted doctors had been identified as Landy Rodriguez (a surgeon) and Herera Correa (general practitioner). Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday spoke by telephone with his Somali counterpart, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo over means secure freedom Landy Rodriguez and Herera Correa.

In a twitter post, President Diaz-Canel said that he discussed with President Farmajo “as part of our efforts to secure the return of our two kidnapped doctors.”

The Cuban President also spoke with Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta over the issue.

“I held phone conversations with Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, president of the REP. of Kenya, and Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of the REP. Federal Somalia, as part of our efforts aimed at achieving the return of our two kidnapped doctors,” the post reads.

No group has yet claimed the responsibility for the abduction of the doctors but Kenyan suspected al-Shabaab fighters to be behind the attack.

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.