Obama lands in Chile on Latin America trip

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 4:02 PM

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama landed in Chile Monday on the second leg of a trip, overshadowed by U.S. military air strikes to contain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, to lay out his vision for deeper ties with Latin America.

Obama arrived aboard Air Force One from Rio de Janeiro after a two-day visit to regional powerhouse Brazil, a Reuters correspondent traveling with him said.

Obama plans a joint news conference with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, and is expected to hail Chile's transition from military rule to stable democracy as a model for Libya and other countries in the Arab world, which is being swept by popular rebellions against autocratic rule.

(Reporting by Alister Bull and Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Eric Walsh)