Cuba President and CS Kagwe hold talks over kidnapped doctors

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and Cuba President Miguel Díaz-Canel at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana on June 10, 2020/ TWITTER

Cuba President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Thursday held talks with Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana.

President Díaz-Canel in a tweet said they discussed positive state of bilateral relations and efforts to secure the safe return to Cuba of the kidnapped Cuban doctors.

Drs Assel Herrera and Landy Rodriguez — a general practitioner and a surgeon — were abducted in Mandera, Northeastern near the border of Somalia in April 2019 by Al Shabaab as they went to work.

Uhuru, Cuban President discuss status of missing doctors

In October 2020, there were reports they had been released by the terror group but were dismissed by the governments of Cuba and Somalia.

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in a tweet said he had a telephone conversation with then Somalia Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad and discussed the matter.

“I had a telephone conversation with the Foreign Minister of Somalia Mr. Ahmed Isse Awad. I appreciated the support and efforts of your government to guarantee the safe return of our kidnapped doctors. We highlight the will to strengthen bilateral ties between the two governments,” he said.

CS Kagwe is on a three-week visit to Cuba on a mission to improve Kenya’s primary healthcare.

On Wednesday, he signed a new cooperation in which 101 Cuban doctors will travel to Kenya as part of a medical exchange programme between the two countries.

During the signing, CS Kagwe said Kenya takes the security of the doctors seriously, and that President Uhuru Kenyatta remains committed to the safe return of the kidnapped doctors.

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