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Cablegate: Spain Country Clearance for Staffdel O'malia

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R 041443Z OCT 07
FM AMEMBASSY MADRID
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3577
INFO RUEHDL/AMEMBASSY DUBLIN 0122
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD 0322
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL 0129
RUEHKH/AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM 0015
RUEHMK/AMEMBASSY MANAMA 0221
RUEHLA/AMCONSUL BARCELONA 3111

UNCLAS MADRID 001936

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

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

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMGT ASEC OREP SP AFIN
SUBJECT: SPAIN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR STAFFDEL O'MALIA

REF: STATE 139209

1. Embassy warmly welcomes and grants country clearance to
Mr. Scott O'Malia, Professional Staff Member, Senate
Appropriations Committee and accompanying Staffdel to travel
to Madrid, Seville, Port of Algeciras and Granada, Spain on
or about October 6 to October 12. The purpose of the visit
is to tour solar and bio-refinery facilities.

2. James Dudley, Economic Counselor will be the Embassy
point of contact for this visit. He can be reached at
embassy number 011 34 91-58734 91 587 2288, blackberry number
011 34 620-900-161. His email address is DudleyJL@state.gov.
Lourdes Lamela is the administrative and logistics contact
and she can be reached via email LamelaLM@state.gov.

3. Logistical support will be provided in Madrid, Seville,
the Port of Algeciras and Granada per reftel and email
correspondence. Hotel reservations and logistical
confirmation will be sent via email. Post requests fiscal
data cover James Dudley's travel to sites to accompany and
assist the Staffdel with their appointments and travel.

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.
LLORENS

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