In Jamaica, Obama seeks to reassert U.S. leadership in Caribbean

April 9, 2015 12:53 AM

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In Jamaica, Obama seeks to reassert U.S. leadership in Caribbean

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - President Barack Obama arrived in Jamaica on Wednesday to attend a Caribbean summit seeking to reassert U.S. leadership in the region at time when oil-producing Venezuela's economic clout may be receding.

As the first U.S. president to visit Kingston since Ronald Reagan in 1982, Obama faces the challenge of convincing Caribbean island leaders that Washington is genuinely re-engaging after a long period of perceived neglect of its smaller, poorer neighbors.

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