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Cablegate: Country Clearance for Attorney General John

Published: Fri 10 Dec 2004 07:47 AM
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100747Z Dec 04
UNCLAS MADRID 004657
SIPDIS
DOJ FOR ANDREW BEACH
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OVIP CASC KCRM KJUS PREL SP EUN
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN
ASHCROFT
REF: A. A) USDOJ 83090
B. B) BEACH-ZUNIGA TELCON OF 12/8
1. Embassy Madrid warmly welcomes and grants country
clearance to Attorney General Ashcroft and his team on
December 17 for the signing of the bilateral protocol to the
multilateral MLAT (REF A) and a meeting with Minister of
Justice Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar. We have incorporated
the new arrival information (REF B) and understand that this
event will now take place on December 17 with no overnight
stay by Attorney General Ashcroft or members of his party.
2. Post will make hotel reservations for advance team member
Andrew Schauder when his travel plans to Madrid are
finalized. We have already made separate hotel reservations
for the Attorney General's security advance discussed in REF
A. We assume that the Attorney General's party will no
longer require the mobile phones requested per REF A. Please
advise if mobile phones will still be required.
3. The Embassy control officer for the Attorney General's
visit is political officer Ricardo Zuniga. Contact info
follows:
Office phone: 34-91-587-2386
Cell phone: 34-650-625-413
Fax: 34-91-587-2391
Home phone: 34-91-650-6081
e-mail: zunigarf@state.gov
4. Visitors are reminded that bearers of diplomatic and
official passports coming to Spain on official business need
to obtain a Spanish visa prior to arrival in Spain.
5. THREAT ASSESSMENT:
In general, Spain is safe. However, Madrid, Barcelona and
other large cities in Spain -- including resort/convention
areas such as Benidorm -- attract a large number of criminals
and pickpockets and frequent incidents of crime of
opportunity against the unwary do occur. Carry only
essential items including a photocopy of your passport's
photo page. Visitors can protect themselves against crime by
being street-smart, alert and aware of their surroundings. In
the event you are victimized by crime, or experience any
security-related incident, please contact the Embassy's
Regional Security Office at 91-587-2550 or after hours at
91-587-2355. Official visitors to the Embassy in Madrid or
the Consulate General in Barcelona are encouraged to receive
a security briefing from the RSO office at their earliest
convenience. Additional information regarding safety and
security in Spain is available on the U.S. Department of
State's website (http://www.state.gov) and the U.S. Embassy's
website (www.embusa.es).
Travelers are encouraged to review the most recent Worldwide
Caution issued by the Department of State. As the Department
of State continues to develop information on any potential
security threats to Americans overseas, it shares credible
threat information through its Consular Information Program
documents, available on the Internet at
http://travel/state.gov. In addition to information on the
Internet, U.S. travelers can hear recorded information by
calling the Department of State in Washington, D.C. at
202-647-5225 from their touch-tone telephone, or receive
information by automated telefax by dialing 202-647-3000 from
their fax machine.
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