In Jamaica, Obama Says Engaging Cuba Is More Powerful Than Isolation

April 10, 2015 9:06 AM

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We're also tracking news from Central America. This weekend, President Obama is attending an annual summit of political leaders from throughout the Western Hemisphere. And for the first time ever, Cuba's president has also been invited. This sets the stage for a face-to-face encounter between the two leaders as decades of official hostility come to an end. President Obama told an audience in Jamaica yesterday that engagement with Cuba is a more powerful force than isolation.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We will continue to have differences with the Cuban government. But we don't want to be imprisoned by the past. When something doesn't work for 50 years, you don't just keep on doing it. You try something new.

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