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Obama announces Brazilian president Rousseff visit to Washington on June 30

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 08:06 UTC
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Obama made the announcement on Saturday during a bilateral meeting with Rousseff, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City. Obama made the announcement on Saturday during a bilateral meeting with Rousseff, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

US President Barack Obama announced that Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff will visit Washington on June 30, almost two years after she cancelled a trip over a US spying scandal. Obama made the announcement during a bilateral meeting with Rousseff, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

 The invitation was made by US Vice-President Joe Biden in a phone call last month. The populist Brazilian leader was originally scheduled to visit Washington in October 2013.

But she called off the trip after reports that US intelligence agencies spied on the telephone calls of millions of Brazilians, including Rousseff herself and her advisors.

Obama dispatched Biden to Brazil several times to smooth things over, and the vice president attended Rousseff's inauguration earlier this year following her re-election. Biden re-extended the invitation to Rousseff in a phone call on March 13.

Rousseff's popularity at home has tumbled because of a corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras and a weak economy that has fallen into a slump after a boom in the previous decade.

U.S. officials believe a strong demonstration of support for Brazil will eventually unlock greater access to its 2.2 trillion economy, Latin America's biggest.

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  • Troy Tempest

    or maybe the Yankee Imperialists will stage a coup while she's having dinner in DC...

    And secretly, CFK is jealous, and fuming that she was not invited.

    :-D

    Apr 12th, 2015 - 08:18 am 0
  • Englander

    Mrs Kirchner wasn't invited because she gets a bit loud when she has a drink.

    Apr 12th, 2015 - 09:32 am 0
  • Brasileiro

    I feel ashamed. My President should not visit a country that spied on your emails and tried to steal industrial secrets of the world's largest oil, our Petrobras.

    I'm feeling betrayed by her. Tighter ties with the US will choke us with neoliberal policies that distort the character of our society and call into question our leadership with the South.

    I hope that anyone who has access to Dilma open her eyes, because not only money and business turns the world. Why not send Kirchner to visit Obama and the Prime Minister English? They have much more to talk and solve problems such as the Falklands unlike us Brazilians.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sMuBXSF2Mg

    Apr 12th, 2015 - 10:59 am 0
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