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Obama aide briefs Brazilian FM on U.S. spying program

English.news.cn   2014-01-31 05:48:03

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Susan Rice, the top security aide to U.S. President Barack Obama, briefed visiting Brazilian Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo on reform of U.S. intelligence policies, White House said on Thursday.

Rice, Obama's National Security Advisor, "outlined the results of the review of U.S. signals intelligence activities, and the reforms to be implemented as described by President Obama in his January 17th speech," White House said in a statement.

U.S. espionage had drew ire from Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who canceled an official visit to Washington last October and urged the international community to adopt norms to protect online privacy at the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly last year.

On Jan. 17, Obama offered a series of changes to the contentious surveillance practices of the National Security Agency, seven months after the controversy around the world sparked by former defense contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures of the secret spying programs.

Rice and Figueiredo also discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties and exchanged views on global and regional issues, the statement said.

The U.S. and Brazil are strategic partners that share deep commercial and cultural ties, and the two countries consult regularly on a wide array of bilateral, regional, and global issues, the statement added.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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