Venezuela FM meets with ailing Chavez in Cuba

Venezuela FM meets with ailing Chavez in Cuba

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua (L) meets with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez (R), at the Foreign Ministry in Havana, on January 21, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 21 at 9:33 PM

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban television is reporting that Venezuela's top diplomat exchanged jokes and laughed with President Hugo Chavez after meeting with him in Havana, where the ailing leader is recovering from a fourth cancer surgery.

State television showed Twitter messages sent by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua after meeting with Chavez on Monday.

Jaua tweeted that during the meeting Chavez made decisions about Venezuela's participation in a Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summit and was "very happy because the Bolivarian dream continues advancing."

Chavez has not been seen or heard from in public since his operation in Cuba on Dec. 11, and was unable to make his scheduled inauguration for a new term earlier this month.

Officials have not given specific details about the nature of his cancer.

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