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Like Mexico, other Latin American leaders are pushing for the U.S. to lift its embargo on Cuba, and some leaders have indicated they would like to make that part of the agenda.

Asked about Cuba at his news conference, Mr. Obama said his move last week to lift the strictest parts of the embargo on remittances and travel by those with relatives in Cuba is a first step, and the challenge is now to the island nation’s communist leaders to reciprocate with some liberalization on freedom of speech, religion and travel.