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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:45 PM

Bolivia's Morales visits Cuba after Chavez surgery

Posted on Sunday, 12.23.12
Bolivia's Morales visits Cuba after Chavez surgery



In this picture released by the Cuban newspaper Juventud Revelde, Bolivia's President Evo Morales,
center, is welcomed by Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, and Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno
Rodriguez at the Jose Marti international airport in Havana, Cuba, early Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Evo
Morales is in Cuba to visit Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, who is recovering from a surgery,
his fourth operation related to his pelvic cancer since June 2011.
Juventud Revelde, Estudios Revolucion / AP Photo

By ALEXANDRA OLSON

The Associated Press


HAVANA -- Bolivian President Evo Morales has made a lightning trip to Havana where key ally Hugo Chavez is convalescing after cancer surgery.

Morales did not speak to foreign journalists during his weekend visit. Cuban state-run media didn't confirm that he visited Chavez, but said he came "to express his support" for the Venezuelan president. The Cuban government had invited media to cover Morales' arrival Saturday and departure Sunday but withdrew the invitation with no explanation.

Photos released by Cuban media showed President Raul Castro greeting Morales at the airport in Havana.

Morales aides said Monday he planned to make a statement later about Chavez.

Chavez underwent on Dec. 11 his fourth cancer-related operation since last year, two months after winning reelection to a six-year term. Venezuelan officials say his condition is stable.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/23/3154795/venezuelan-vp-strikes-optimistic.html#storylink=cpy

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