One day after being feted in Venice, the Venezuelan leader visits Belarus today to discuss trade deals, including a new gas cartel similar to OPEC.
In addition to healthcare, there are two wars, Iran, North Korea, and climate change, plus the economy.
Foes of the Venezuelan president, who is on a world tour, are expected to congregate today around the world to protest his policies.
Less popular among Latin leaders, the Venezuelan president is on an 11-day trip to visit allies including Libya's Qaddafi and Iran's Ahmadinejad.
The US Mideast envoy called the meeting "good" but didn't say whether he discussed a settlement freeze, which Palestinians have called a prerequisite to peace talks.
The president had been criticized for choosing loyalty over competence. Three of the most controversial new ministers have links to the Revolutionary Guard.
Officials from Germany and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council met in Frankfurt Wednesday.
The US, France, Germany, Britain, China, and Russia meet this week to discuss potential further punishment.
The Venezuelan leader gave Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi a warm hug yesterday during his 11-day tour to Russia, Belarus, Syria, Algeria, Libya, and Iran.