Cuban state television says Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has made a surprise visit to Cuba to meet with his friend and ally, Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

The media report Tuesday said Mr. Chavez also is to meet with acting Cuban President Raul Castro, who has been head of the Cuban government since Fidel Castro temporarily transferred power to him last July after undergoing intestinal surgery.

Last week, Bolivian President Evo Morales was on the island for meetings with Fidel and Raul Castro. He said Fidel appears to have recovered well from the surgery.

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

The 80-year-old Cuban leader has not appeared in public since the transfer of power last year.

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