Ramirez also announced that Venezuela's government plans to invite Russian companies to be involved in join gold mining projects in the South American country.
Following a separate meeting with Sechin, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua told journalists that the Russian delegation "came to ratify the willingness, the decision by the government of President (Vladimir) Putin to continue deepening the relationship between Venezuela and Russia."
Speaking through an interpreter, Sechin voiced his government's best wishes for Chavez.
"President Chavez is going overcome these temporary health problems," Sechin said. "We wish for his recovery and we admire him."___ Associated Press writer Christopher Toothaker contributed to this report.