Chávez is pictured on TV talking with Fidel Castro

Cuban national television has broadcast new photos and video of Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chávez, with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

The footage aired Tuesday and showed the two men walking around and chatting amicably. The TV station said the images were taken the same day and that some of Chavez’ relatives also attended the meeting.

President Chávez has not been seen in public since a June 10 operation for what authorities have said was an abscess in his pelvic area. Chavez’s voice was last heard publicly June 12, when he called a television network and said he was on the mend.

Officials say the president is recovering well and should be back for a regional summit beginning July 5 that coincides with the 200th anniversary of Venezuela’s independence from Spain.

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