Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Tuesday that she decided to postpone a state visit to Washington set for next month pending a satisfactory U.S. response to revelations that the National Security Agency spied on her.
U.S. President Barack Obama agreed with the decision to delay the visit, Rousseff's office said in a statement.
"The illegal practices of intercepting the communications and data of citizens, companies and members of the Brazilian government constitute a grave act that jeopardizes national sovereignty and individual rights and is incompatible with democratic coexistence between friendly nations," the statement said.
In the absence of explanations and a commitment from the United States to halt the intercepts, "the conditions are not in place" for what would have been the first state visit to Washington by a Brazilian head of state since 1995, Rousseff's office said.
"The Brazilian government is confident that once this question is adequately resolved, the state visit will take place as soon as possible, giving impetus to the construction of a strategic partnership at the highest level," the statement added.
The announcement of the postponement came a day after Rousseff and Obama had a 20-minute telephone conversation Brazilian officials described as cordial.
NSA intercepted telephone calls and e-mails of Rousseff and Mexican leader Enrique Peña Nieto, Brazil's TV Globo reported Sept. 2, citing documents from whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
A week later, Globo aired a story revealing NSA surveillance of Brazilian state oil company Petrobras, prompting Rousseff's government to lodge a second formal complaint with Washington.
That report was also based on documentation from Snowden, a former NSA contractor who has been working with Brazil-based U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald. EFE