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Overtures to Cuba change dynamic for Obama at summit meeting

Julie Hirschfeld Davis & Randal C Archibold  |  Panama 

Ever since his first foray to the Summit of the Americas three months after taking office, President Barack Obama has seen one bone of contention frustrate his efforts to reach out to America's hemispheric neighbours: the fact that Cuba was blackballed from the gathering. He was scolded by Argentina's president for maintaining an "anachronistic blockade," lectured by Bolivia's president about behaving "like a dictatorship," and, in 2012, blamed for the failure of leaders to agree that year on a joint declaration - the result, his Colombian host said, of the ...

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First Published: Sat, April 11 2015. 22:36 IST