Cuba Politics

Hugo Chavez arrives in Cuba for surprise visit

Posted June 12, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Politics.


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a surprise visit to Cuba Tuesday at the invitation of his convalescing friend and ally Fidel Castro, state television reported.

State television showed Chavez being greeted at the airport by Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage and Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque. It was unclear what time
Chavez arrived.

The announcer on Cuba’s midday news said Chavez was scheduled to meet with the 80-year-old Castro, as well as Raul Castro, who has been acting president since his older brother temporarily stepped aside in late July following emergency intestinal surgery.

“Long live Cuba! Long live Fidel!” Chavez shouted to official media at the airport before he was whisked away in a black sedan.
No other details of the visit were immediately available.

Member Comments

On June 12, 2007, publisher wrote:

It has been reported that Chavez spent six hours with Fidel Castro today.

To me that is VERY interesting. I get the sense that Chavez came to see his teacher. There have been some protests in Venezuela since Chavez nationalized a TV station.

I am impressed that he was able to sit with Fidel for six hours. Also, Fidel supposedly sat with Morales from Bolivia for three hours.

I think Fidel is playing teacher. I don’t see this as a precursor to the return of Fidel.