Venezuelan VP says he has visited Chavez twice

IAN JAMES JORGE RUEDA Associated Press Published:

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's vice president says he has visited ailing President Hugo Chavez twice in Cuba and plans to return home to Caracas.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro says he spoke with Chavez during their visits. Maduro says the president has "the same strength as always," despite a health situation that he described as complex three weeks after his cancer surgery.

Maduro says he will return to Venezuela on Wednesday.

He made the comments in an interview broadcast Tuesday night by the Caracas-based television network Telesur.