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Cablegate: Spain Country Clearance for Eur Deputy Secretary

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

221552Z Mar 05

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 MADRID 001117

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
STATE FOR S/ES-EX:T.MUSHINGI

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMGT OVIP ZOELLICK ROBERT
SUBJECT: SPAIN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR EUR DEPUTY SECRETARY
ZOELLICK AND PARTY

REF: STATE 47243

1. (SBU) Embassy warmly welcomes and grants country
clearance to Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick;
Acting Assistant Secretary for Bureau of European and
Eurasian Affairs Robert Bradtke; Executive Assistant Ross
Wilson; Special Assistants Christine Davies, Campbell
Marshall and Gene Young; and Executive Secretariat Management
Officer Tuli Mushingi, to visit Madrid, April 2-3.

2. (SBU) EMBASSY CONTACT INFORMATION

--Control Officer is Economic Officer Carl Schonander, Office
PH: (34)91-587-2295; H: (34)91-561-6641; Cell: 34-6994-66473;
Fax (34) 91-587-2292; e-mail: schonanderce@state.gov.


--Public Affairs Control Officer is John Law, Office PH:
(34)91-5872509; H: (34)91-564-3716; Cell: 34-6709-13910;
e-mail: lawj@state.gov.

--MGMT/Baggage Control Officer is Margaret Kurtz-Randall
(Liaise with T. Mushingi), Office PH: (34)91-587-2223; H:
(34)91-564-1229; Cell: 34-6998-37384; e-mail:
kurtz-randallmx@state.gov

--RSO contact is Michael Malamud, Office PH: (34)
91-587-2549; H: (34)91-350-6675; Cell: 34-6393-41359; e-mail:
malamudh@state.gov.

--Embassy address is: Calle Serrano 75, 28006 Madrid -
Embassy Switchboard is: (34)91-587-2200; Post 1: (34)
91-587-2355.

--CELL PHONES: Embassy control officer cell phones can be
accessed by dialing 0034 and then the number.

3. (SBU) LODGING: Reservations have been made for the night
of April 2 at the Palace Hotel, address: Plaza de las Cortes
7, 28014 Madrid - PH: (34) 91-360-800; Fax: (34) 91-360-7774.
The hotel is close to Retiro park, which is suitable for
running.


4. (U) 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. THREAT ASSESSMENT:

(U) 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 mach

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