Viewing cable 09MADRID671, SPAIN: DHS SEC. NAPOLITANO'S MEETING WITH ZAPATERO
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|09MADRID671||2009-07-08 15:03||2010-12-07 12:12||CONFIDENTIAL||Embassy Madrid|
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 MADRID 000671 SIPDIS FOR EUR/WE, EUR/ERA, INR, WHA/MEX PASS TO MARC FREY, DAVE GORDNER, KIKO CORTI, MIKE SCARDAVILLE OF DHS E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/06/2019 TAGS: PREL PTER KHLS SP PGOV SUBJECT: SPAIN: DHS SEC. NAPOLITANO'S MEETING WITH ZAPATERO REF: MADRID 614 Classified By: Charge D'Affaires Arnold A. Chacon for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) ¶1. (C) SUMMARY AND COMMENT. In a clear signal that Spain wants to work closely with the Obama Administration on a range of security issues, President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and several of his key cabinet ministers held extended meetings in Madrid on July 1 with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and members of her delegation. The Secretary's meetings highlighted the importance that the USG places on the bilateral relationship and the numerous programs that DHS is working on with our Spanish hosts. The Secretary also urged Spain to use its upcoming EU Presidency to resolve issues of data privacy and information sharing between the U.S. and the EU. The interaction also served to establish close personal ties with senior members of the Zapatero Administration. The meeting with Zapatero marked the longest time that Zapatero - in office since 2004 - has spent in private discussions with senior USG officials. Zapatero, who spent 90 minutes with the Secretary in a meeting that was scheduled to last an hour, expounded on his views, with characteristic optimism, across a range of global issues and regional hotspots. END SUMMARY AND COMMENT. XXXXXXXXXXXX CHACON