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Chavez Meets Twice With Fidel Castro


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has met twice with the ailing former Cuban leader Fidel Castro during a short visit to Havana.

Cuba's state-run media says the first meeting took place after Mr. Chavez arrived Friday night.

The Venezuelan leader met again with Mr. Castro and his brother, Cuban President Raul Castro, on Saturday before Mr. Chavez's afternoon departure.

The former Cuban president and Mr. Chavez were reported to have discussed their countries' "fruitful ties" and the global economic crisis and its consequences for Latin America and the Caribbean.

No images of Fidel Castro were released from the meetings. He has not been seen in public since 2006 when he underwent surgery and ceded power to his younger brother.

The trip to Cuba was President Chavez's first since winning a referendum this month that removes term limits on his presidency and allows him to seek re-election.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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