Brazil leader to visit US in June in wake of spy row

US President Barack Obama (R) poses with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff during a meeting on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas on April 11, 2015 in Panama City (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)

Panama City (AFP) - US President Barack Obama announced Saturday that Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff will visit Washington on June 30, almost two years after she cancelled a trip over a US spying scandal.

Obama made the announcement during a bilateral meeting with Rousseff on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

She will be the first Brazilian leader to visit Washington in 20 years.

The invitation was made by US Vice President Joe Biden in a phone call last month.

The leftist Brazilian leader was originally scheduled to visit Washington in October 2013.

But she called off the trip after reports that US intelligence agencies spied on the telephone calls of millions of Brazilians, including Rousseff herself and her advisors.

Obama dispatched Biden to Brazil several times to smooth things over, and the vice president attended Rousseff's inauguration earlier this year following her re-election.