U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the Summit of the Americas in Panama, highlighting change in Cuba policy as a hallmark in wider shift in Latin America. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama called the change in U.S. policy to Cuba a historic hallmark in his commitment to building a new era of cooperation as equal partners with the countries of Latin America. During his opening speech at the plenary session of the Summit of the Americas in Panama, he focused on the normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations as proof of that commitment. "It will mean more Americans traveling to Cuba, more cultural exchanges, more commerce, more potential investment and most of all more opportunity in resources for the Cuban people. We hope to be able to help on humanitarian projects, to provide more access to telecommunications and the Internet," Obama said. In addition, Obama said he's asked Congress to lift the embargo on Cuba, which has been criticized routinely by many of the countries in Latin America. "The point is the United States will not be imprisoned by the past. We're looking to the future," Obama said.