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MEXICO CITY: Obama’s Latin America policies likely to smooth path at Panama summit

MEXICO CITY: Obama’s Latin America policies likely to smooth path at Panama summit

MEXICO CITY — President Barack Obama will find himself in perhaps the strongest diplomatic position in years for a U.S. leader when he travels to Jamaica and Panama this week, the result of broad, more intense American engagement in a region that’s long seen itself as neglected.

Cameras will whir and click when Obama greets Cuban leader Raúl Castro in Panama on Friday at the Summit of the Americas, a meeting that will showcase his drive to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba after half a century of tensions that have persistently irritated other corners of the hemisphere.

But that’s only one of the issues that matter greatly to the 34 other heads of state or envoys and that Obama has been working on over recent years.

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