“Venezuela’s foreign minister said Thursday that he met with President Hugo Chavez in Cuba, where the ailing leader is convalescing following cancer surgery.
Elias Jaua said that during their meeting, the president “made decisions about the international agenda, the domestic agenda.”
Chavez has not appeared or spoken publicly since before he underwent surgery in Cuba on Dec. 11. Government officials have said the 58-year-old president is improving after suffering complications including a severe respiratory infection.
The foreign minister spoke in a telephone call broadcast live on Venezuelan television. He said he would be attending a regional summit meeting in Chile this week.
He also said that those currently in Havana include Vice President Nicolas Maduro, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez and Attorney General Cilia Flores, as well as the president’s elder brother, Adan Chavez.