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Cablegate: Country Clearance for Codel Miller

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UNCLAS MADRID 003073

SIPDIS

CODEL

DEPARTMENT FOR H/CALLARD/DIGGS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OREP AMGT ASEC AFIN JO PK AF IZ BA DJ EG SP
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR CODEL MILLER

REF: STATE 172566

1. Embassy Madrid warmly welcomes and grants country
clearance to Rep. Jeff Miller, House Armed Services Committee
(HASC), and delegation, to visit Spain from August 24-25,
2004 for an overnight stop at Rota Naval Base.

2. Embassy Control Officer for this visit is Econ Officer
Richard C. Merrin, tel: (34) 91-587-2399 (office), (34)
659-057-024 (cell), e-mail: MerrinRC@state.gov.
Administrative Point of Contact at Rota is Lieutenant Colin
Corridan, tel: (34) 95-682-2795 (office), (34) 659-901-288
cell, e-mail: corridanc@navsta.rota.navy.mil.

3. Embassy understands accommodations and ground
transportation for the delegation are being arranged by Rota.


4. THREAT ASSESSMENT:

In general, Spain is safe. However, Madrid and other large
cities in Spain -- including resort/convention areas such as
Benidorm -- attract a large number of criminals and
pick-pockets and frequent incidents of crimes of opportunity
against the unwary do occur. Carry only essential items,
including a photocopy of your passport's photo page.
Visitors can protect themselves from crime by being
street-smart, alert, and aware of their surroundings. In the
event you are victimized by crime, or experience any other
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.
MANZANARES

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