Biden to meet with Brazil leader on World Cup trip

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Updated: Thu, 08 May 2014 07:15:25 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says he plans to meet with Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff while in Brazil next month for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Biden shared the news with Rouseff by phone on Thursday. The White House says Biden told her he plans to attend the June 16 match in Natal, Brazil, between the U.S. and Ghana. Biden will later visit the national capital, Brasilia, to meet with Rouseff and Brazil's vice president.

Biden's meeting with Rouseff comes amid ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Brazil over American surveillance and revelations that the National Security Agency spied on Rouseff and her closest advisers. Rouseff canceled a state visit to Washington last October in protest.

Brazil expects 600,000 foreign visitors and 3 million Brazilian tourists during the monthlong tournament.

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