Cablegate: Spain Country Clearance for Usaid Officials Adolfo
UNCLAS MADRID 004840
STATE FOR EUR/WE:SBOWMAN
STATE PLEASE PASS TO AID/AA/LAC:S.ROSIER AND ADOLFO FRANCO
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OTRA SP USAID
SUBJECT: SPAIN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR USAID OFFICIALS ADOLFO
A. FRANCO AND DAVID MUTCHLER
REF: STATE 271995
1. Embassy welcomes and grants country clearance to
AID/AA/LAC Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator and
David Mutchler, Cuba Senior Advisor, to travel to Madrid and
Barcelona, January 8-12.
2. Embassy understands that no assistance is necessary.
3. Please provide an agenda of the meetings with Spanish
Government officials as the Embassy would like to participate
in those meetings.
4. Political Officer Ricardo Zuniga will be the Embassy
point of contact. His phone number is (34) 91-587-2386;
5. 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.
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.