He added that he's doing his post-operative exercises. He asked about government 2013 - 2019 planning progress. Maduro said he's keeping him informed.
On December 18, Granma Internacional published Fidel Castro's letter to Vice President Maduro. It was read during ALBA's 8th anniversary commemoration.
"Dear Nicolas Maduro," it said.
"To mark the anniversaries that you are celebrating today I wish to express the following to you: The absence of the President elected by more than eight million Venezuelans moves us all."
"I met Hugo Cha'vez exactly 18 years ago. Someone invited him to Cuba and he accepted the invitation. He told me that he was thinking of asking for an interview with me."
"I was far from imagining that those soldiers branded as coup plotters by the news agencies, who sowed their ideas with so much discretion for years, were a select group of Bolivarian revolutionaries."
"I waited for Cha'vez at the airport, took him to where he was staying and talked with him for hours, exchanging ideas.
The following day, in the University of Havana's Aula Magna, each one of us expressed our ideas."
"Our conceptions differ in aspects which are far removed from political ideas and principles. We do not even discuss those conceptions."