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Bolivian President Meets With Fidel Castro in Cuba

Bolivian President Evo Morales has met with ailing Cuban President Fidel Castro and said the leader appears to have recovered well from last year's intestinal surgery.

Mr. Morales paid a quick visit to the Cuban capital, Havana, on Thursday. He said he met with Mr. Castro for more than two hours to discuss health, education, and energy issues. The Bolivian president said he expects to continue his conversations with the Cuban leader, whom he admires.

Mr. Morales also met with acting Cuban President Raul Castro and played racquetball with Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage before returning to Bolivia late Thursday.

The state-run Cuban newspaper Granma says Mr. Morales' visit demonstrated new ties of friendship and solidarity that unite Cuba and Bolivia's people and government.

On Tuesday, Cuban television broadcast Fidel Castro's first interview since his surgery last year. In the pre-recorded interview, Mr. Castro spoke slowly and did not say whether he plans to resume his day-to-day duties as president.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.