Obama: Latin America key to U.S. economy, safety

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 4:09 PM
Obama: Latin America key to U.S. economy, safety

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Latin America is growing in importance for the security and economy of the United States, but some regional leaders are clinging to "bankrupt ideologies," President Barack Obama said during a visit to Chile on Monday.

Obama, in Chile on the second leg of a Latin American trip overshadowed by U.S. and allied military air strikes in Libya, also called on Cuban authorities to respect basic rights.

(Reporting by Alister Bull and Matt Spetalnick, Editing by Sandra Maler)