Hugo Chavez vists Fidel Castro on Friday, September 1, 2006
Fri Sep 1, 2006 6:52pm ET160
HAVANA (Reuters) - A clearly recovering Cuban President Fidel Castro was shown on television on Friday meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and brother Raul Castro, to whom he temporarily ceded power a month ago to have abdominal surgery.
Castro appeared much stronger than when he was last seen on a video on August 13, when his ally Chavez visited him to celebrate his 80th birthday.
On Friday Castro, wearing red pajamas, was seen sitting at a small table talking animatedly with Chavez. On August 13, Castro was shown in bed and covered with a blanket.
Castro temporarily handed over power to his younger brother and Defense Minister Raul Castro July 31 to undergo surgery for intestinal bleeding.
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Chavez says Castro is recovering well
Sep 1, 2006 — CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said he visited Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Friday and that his close ally was doing well after intestinal surgery.
The Venezuelan leader, a self-described revolutionary at odds with Washington, said he made a brief stop in Cuba after visiting China, Syria and Angola where he signed cooperation deals he says are aimed at countering U.S. influence.
"Fidel has recovered well from the ailment from which he was suffering," Chavez told thousands of supporters at a rally to mark the start of campaigning for the December 3 presidential election.
Castro, who turned 80 last month, handed over power to his brother, Raul, in late July.
"This morning we talked for two hours. We analyzed the international situation with Raul Castro. … He really is recovering," Chavez said.
Venezuela, the world's No. 5 oil exporter, has helped Cuba resist a U.S. embargo by supplying Castro with 90,000 barrels per day of petroleum.