Brazil’s president has cancelled a scheduled trip to the United States after allegations that the National Security Agency had spied on her and other officials in the country.
The White House says that the planned state visit of President Dilma Rousseff, originally planned for later in October, will be rescheduled for “a date to be mutually agreed” upon.
The reports of NSA interception of phone and internet communications among Brazilian officials first surfaced as a result of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
“The president has said that he understands and regrets the concerns disclosures of alleged U.S. intelligence activities have generated in Brazil and made clear that he is committed to working together with President Rousseff and her government in diplomatic channels to move beyond this issue as a source of tension in our bilateral relationship,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.
“President Obama and President Rousseff both look forward to the State Visit, which will celebrate our broad relationship and should not be overshadowed by a single bilateral issue, no matter how important or challenging the issue may be,” he added. “For this reason, the presidents have agreed to postpone President Rousseff's State Visit to Washington scheduled for Oct. 23.”