Obama Says Cuba Attending Panama Summit Is ‘Historic Occasion’

Cuban President Castro applauds U.S. President Obama
Cuba's President Raul Castro, third from right, applauds U.S. President Barack Obama, foreground, during the first plenary session of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, on April 11, 2015. Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

(Bloomberg) -- “The United States is focused on the future,” President Obama said at summit in Panama City, which Cuba is attending for first time.

* “We’re not caught up in ideology.” * “I firmly believe that if we can continue to move forward,

seize this momentum in pursuit of our mutual interests, then

better relations between the United States and Cuba will

create new opportunity for cooperation across our region” * Obama told leaders that U.S. has deepened involvement in

Latin America, also said restoring normal diplomatic

relations with Cuba announced in Dec. to have wider benefits Story Link:NSN NMNHF46JIJUQ<GO>

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