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Ailing Castro appears on TV

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  • Fidel Castro appeared Tuesday in a video broadcast on Cuban television
  • Appeared speaking animatedly with brother, Raul, and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez
  • "With Fidel, we conversed nearly three hours yesterday," said Chavez
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HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- Former Cuban President Fidel Castro appeared Tuesday in a video broadcast on Cuban television, the first scenes of the ailing revolutionary leader released since January.

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro appears Tuesday in a video broadcast on Cuban television.

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro appears Tuesday in a video broadcast on Cuban television.

The video was broadcast on the state-run Cuban television's news program. It showed the 81-year-old wearing a red, white and blue track suit -- the colors of the island nation's flag -- and speaking animatedly with his younger brother, Raul, and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. It was not possible to hear what they were discussing.

During part of the video, the elder Castro is standing.

The newscaster said the video was shot Tuesday morning during a 1.5-hour meeting that touched on the international food and energy crises and the U.S. floods that have damaged much of the Midwest's corn crop. Video Watch clips of the video »

"With Fidel, we conversed nearly three hours yesterday, and almost two hours more today, walking in a garden," Chavez told reporters in images broadcast on Venezuelan state television, The Associated Press reported.

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"Today, we were revising the entire plan for energy exchanges and the strengthening of refinery capacity and production of petroleum and petrochemicals," Chavez said Tuesday.

The elder Castro has not been seen in public since intestinal surgery in July 2006. He temporarily transferred power to Raul at that time, and permanently relinquished Cuba's presidency to him in February.

CNN's Shasta Darlington contributed to this report.

Copyright 2008 CNN. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Associated Press contributed to this report.

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