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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Díaz-Canel ratifies support for doctors kidnapped in Kenya



Havana, Sep 15.- President Miguel Díaz-Canel reiterated on Twitter today his support for the two Cuban doctors kidnapped in Kenya in 2019, on the occasion of the birthday this Tuesday of Assel Herrera Correa, one of those kidnapped.

Díaz-Canel expressed in his account on that social network that he spoke by phone with Herrera Correa's mother and brother, to whom he confirmed his support and affection.

“Today is the birthday of the Cuban doctor Assel Herrera Correa, who unfortunately remains kidnapped. I spoke on the phone with his mother and brother. I ratified our support and affection”, tweeted the President of the Republic of Cuba.

The governments of Kenya and Cuba are working together to guarantee the safe return of the two Cuban doctors kidnapped in that African country: Assel Herrera Correa, a specialist in Comprehensive General Medicine, from the province of Las Tunas; and Landy Rodríguez Hernández, specialist in Surgery, from Villa Clara.

In the early morning of April 12, 2019, it became known of the kidnapping of the collaborators by alleged members of the radical Islamic group Al Shabab, when they were going to the Mandera hospital, near the border with Somalia.

The highest Cuban authorities have since maintained channels of communication with the Nairobi government, in monitoring this situation.

President Díaz-Canel and his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta, have repeatedly discussed the steps to bring these two health professionals back.

Last April, Díaz-Canel assured that, despite the world situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Cuban Government maintains efforts to achieve their safe return. (Text and photo: ACN)