Photo: Dilma Rousseff
Brazil President Dilma Rousseff has canceled an upcoming state visit to the U.S. over allegations of U.S. spying. The White House announced that Rousseff and President Obama chatted last night and “jointly agreed to postpone” the October 23 visit.
No new date was provided by either administration.
Brazil said it was unsatisfied so far with the President’s response to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spying allegations. In the past Rousseff has said espionage is “incompatible with democratic coexistence between friendly countries.”
NSA intercepted telephone calls and e-mails of Rousseff and the country’s oil giant Petrobras, citing documents from whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Besides demanding an explanation, Rousseff insisted the U.S. government take “concrete steps that definitively exclude the possibility of espionage which violates human rights, our sovereignty and our economic interests.”
The October 23 visit, the first by Rousseff in Obama’s second term, was to focus on economic issues and bilateral trade.