NAIROBI, Kenya March 28 —
The Foreign Ministry on Friday identified the two Kenyan truck
drivers who were captured by Iraqi forces while bringing
humanitarian aid to Iraq and said efforts were being made to secure
David Mukuria and Jacob Kamau Maina were working for a
Saudi-owned, Kuwait-based company contracted by the British
government when they were captured, said a ministry official, who
did not want to be further identified. The official declined to
identify the company and gave no other details.
The official said Kenya's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mohamed
Mahat, was working with the International Committee of the Red Cross
to inform Iraqi authorities that the men are humanitarian workers
and should be released.
The men were first shown to be held by Iraqi forces when the Arab
satellite station Al-Jazeera broadcast pictures of the pair on
Kenya's official position on the war is that it only supports
armed action in Iraq if backed by a U.N. resolution; Kenya believes
the war could have been avoided through dialogue.
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