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Cablegate: Spain Country Clearance for Codel Taylor

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R 141247Z DEC 07
FM AMEMBASSY MADRID
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3951
INFO RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD 0182
RUEHDL/AMEMBASSY DUBLIN 0124
RUEHKU/AMEMBASSY KUWAIT 0130
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UNCLAS MADRID 002242

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SIPDIS

STATE FOR EUR/WE
H AND RM/F/DFS/FO/AA/CAA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMGT ASEC OREP AFIN
SUBJECT: SPAIN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR CODEL TAYLOR

REF: STATE 166824

1. Embassy grants country clearance and warmly welcomes U.S.
Representative Gene Taylor, Member of the House armed
Services Committee and accompanying delegation to travel to
Rota, Spain on or about December 17 to December 18. The
purpose of travel is to study the reconstruction eforts in
Iraq.

2. Strother Murray is the point of contact and can be
reached at embassy number 34 91 587 2393, blackberry number
699 838 367 and email address is MurrayES@state.gov.

3. Hotel reservations have been made at the ?, 2 telephone
number is 34 91 431 6700 and fax
number is 34 91 576 0661. The room rate is $280 and it does
not include the breakfast buffett.

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 to Spain.

5. Post can provide DoS email access via OpenNet
(unclassified system) to State Department travelers who have
active OpenNet accounts. Post can also support users who wish
to access their email accounts using FOBs or OWA. Exchange
5.5 users (ask your system manager to provide Exchange server
version) who have to use remote login to access their
exchange email accounts will need to provide Post's IM
section with the name of their DoS Domain and their Exchange
Server name and/or IP address.

6. 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 (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.
AGUIRRE

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