Caracas, Oct 31, (RHC), -- After meeting on Wednesday in Caracas, the member countries of the South American trade bloc Mercosur harshly criticized the United States’ global surveillance programs.
"We have condemned the global spying network that the US government developed which has included snooping on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff," Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said following the meeting, in which top diplomats from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay also participated.
"We agreed on condemning worldwide spying by the United States and we discussed what measures would be best taken by governments and societies as a whole," Jaua added.
Their statement came after reports that the US was snooping Rousseff's communications.
The US government has come under fire from the international community over revelations that show it has been spying on many countries including its close allies.
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