Rousseff’s visit was originally planned for 2013, but she canceled after allegations that the National Security Agency spied on her. She arrived on Saturday and began talks on Monday with U.S. and Brazilian business executives in New York as she seeks to sell a much-needed $63 billion infrastructure project.
Rousseff is suffering from a record-low 10 percent approval rating. Brazil’s economy has dwindled from a booming 7.5 percent increase in gross domestic product in 2010 to an economy expected to contract by 1.1 percent in 2015 that struck with 8.5 percent inflation.
Her visit is also seen as an attempt to mend relations between the two countries after the NSA scandal.
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