Obama concludes Latin America trip with trade focus
SAN JOSE (AFP) - US President Barack Obama turned the spotlight on economic ties with Latin America on Saturday, as he concluded a three-day trip to a region roiled by drug violence.
Mr Obama sought to shift the narrative away from the drug war during visits to Mexico and Costa Rica this week, praising trade as a path to fighting poverty and creating jobs that turn young people away from a life of crime.
"The United States recognises that our fate is tied up with your success," Mr Obama told an economic forum in San Jose alongside Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla before flying back to Washington.
"It's a partnership based on equality and mutual respect, mutual interests," he said, one day after attending a summit with Central American leaders. "If you're doing well, we'll do better, if we're doing well, we think your situation improves."