CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A Venezuelan government official says President Hugo Chavez has been receiving daily visits from former Cuban leader Fidel Castro while recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba.
Science and Technology Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Venezuelan television in a phone call from Havana that Castro has seen Chavez every day since Tuesday's surgery.
Throughout his presidency, Chavez has had a close friendship with Castro, describing him as being like a father and mentor.
Arreaza says Chavez has been making "favorable" improvements since the surgery. He calls it a "process of stabilization."
Arreaza is Chavez's son-in-law and he says the president has also been with his children since the operation.