UPDATE 3-Obama, Rousseff turn page on spy spat, work on trade, travel

martes 30 de junio de 2015 18:29 GYT
 

(Adds comments to Brazil-U.S. Business Council)

By Roberta Rampton and Idrees Ali

WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff used a White House visit on Tuesday to turn the page on a spying scandal that had damaged bilateral relations and said they want to work to bolster economic ties.

The presidents agreed to a series of steps to make it easier for people and goods to move between the two countries, including reopening fresh beef trade.

During an hour-long press conference, Rousseff said "things have changed" since October 2013, when she canceled an official state visit after revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that the United States had spied on her.

"The change is particularly due to the fact that President Obama and the U.S. government have stated on several occasions that they would no longer engage in intrusive acts of spying on friendly countries. I believe President Obama," Rousseff said.

Obama greeted Rousseff with a warm hug when she arrived in Washington on Monday, taking her for an impromptu visit to a memorial for civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. before a working dinner.

Obama praised Brazil during Tuesday's press conference as a "global power" and an "indispensable partner" playing a critical role in addressing climate change with a deal to boost renewable power production.

On Rousseff: "I trust her completely," Obama said. "She's always been very candid and frank with me about the interests of the Brazilian people and how we can work together. She's delivered on what she's promised."   Continuación...