Cuban television has broadcast the first public images of Fidel Castro since January.

The images, of Mr. Castro together with Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, show the former Cuban leader dressed in a running suit.  The 81 year-old Castro appears frail but still energetic.

The images were broadcast with no audio.

Cuba's state-run newspaper Granma, which also ran pictures of the former leader, said Mr. Chavez and Mr. Castro held wide-ranging talks on "themes of transcendent importance" like the global food crisis, energy, and the financial markets.

The newspaper showed pictures of the two leaders embracing, talking, and admiring a painting of Latin American liberation icon Simon Bolivar.

The ailing Fidel Castro stepped down in February after ruling Cuba for nearly 50 years.  He was replaced by his younger brother, Raul.

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