Vice President Biden to meet with Brazil president during World Cup trip
MAY 08, 2014 6:47p ET
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.
Earlier on Thursday, a worker at a World Cup stadium in Brazil died in an electrical accident, temporarily interrupting construction at one of the most-delayed venues only five weeks before the soccer tournament.
It is the latest accident to tarnish World Cup preparations, marking the eighth death from injuries while building stadiums for the world's biggest soccer tournament. His death comes at a worrisome time as organizers rush to finish the last three stadiums ahead of the opening match on June 12.
The accident happened only hours before President Rouseff toured another stadium still under construction in Sao Paulo in an attempt to soothe fears over delays that could interfere with the matches.