Cablegate: Spanish Firm Seeks Business with Libya

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C O N F I D E N T I A L MADRID 001924



E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/19/2015

Classified By: Political Counselor Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick,
reasons 1.4(b), (d) and (h).

1. (C) This is an action request. Please see paragraph 4.

2. (C) On May 17, Javier Hergueta, the Foreign Ministry's
deputy director general for bilateral economic relations with
Europe and the OECD countries, requested a meeting with
poloff. Hergueta explained that a Spanish firm, Espindesa
(part of the Tecnicas Unidas conglomerate), had asked the
Foreign Ministry to act as an "informal and discreet"
interlocutor between the company and the US government.
Espindesa, according to Hergueta, had signed a contract with
the Libyan government in 1999 to build a USD 8.5 million
factory to make nitric acid in Libya. After September 11 and
before work on the factory began in earnest, the Spanish
government halted the project and it has been frozen ever

3. (C) Espindesa asked the Foreign Ministry to approach the
US government on its behalf because the Libyan government
(the "General Secretariat of Procurement") has recently asked
Espindesa to move forward with the factory project. Hergueta
said that Espindesa does not want to trigger US sanctions or
otherwise draw the US' ire by continuing with the project,
and requested that Foreign Ministry attempt to find out what
the US reaction to the project would be. Hergueta told us he
asked for the meeting with poloff, rather than sending a
diplomatic note or other formal communication, to make the
inquiry as discreetly as possible.

4. (C) Action request: Embassy seeks Department's guidance
on how to respond to the Foreign Ministry's inquiry.

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