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Somalia and Cuba cooperate to find whereabouts of abducted doctors

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Havana, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Somalia are cooperating to clarify the current situation of Cuban Drs. Assel Herrera and Landy Rodriguez, who were abducted in 2019 on the border between that African country and Kenya.

According to a post on X, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez held a telephone conversation with his Somali counterpart, Ali Mohamed Omar, in which they agreed on the need to cooperate to clarify the status of both doctors.

Cuban authorities are making big efforts to establish the whereabouts of the health specialists who, according to unconfirmed information, were allegedly killed in a bombing by the Army of the United States on February 15.

Earlier on X, the head of Cuban diplomacy thanked Kenyan President William Ruto for his interest in supporting the efforts to clarify the facts.

The foreign minister highlighted the immediacy with which Ruto received Cuban Parliament President Esteban Lazo, Special Envoy of the Cuban Government with the mission of gathering information on that matter.

Lazo traveled to Kenya on Tuesday to inquire about Drs. Assel Herrera Correa and Landy Rodriguez Hernandez, who were abducted in 2019 by the Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab, while providing health care to local people.

According to unconfirmed reports, the doctors were killed in a bombing by the United States African Command (AFRICOM) on spots of the violent organization in the town of Dilib, Somalia.

Cuba gives absolute priority to those efforts, which will be maintained until all possibilities are exhausted to confirm the physicians’ situation, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated recently.

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