CARACAS - Venezuela published photographs on Friday of President Hugo Chavez chatting with Cuba's Fidel Castro and walking in a hospital as he recovers from cancer surgery on the Communist-led island.
Stung by criticism it has shrouded the 57-year-old Chavez's condition in secrecy and put out misleading information in the past, Venezuela's government insists he is recovering quickly and will be ready to contest a presidential election on Oct. 7.
In two photographs published on Twitter by Information Minister Andres Izarra, Chavez was seen sitting with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, his friend and political mentor.
"They talked for almost two hours," Izarra said on Twitter.
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