Viewing cable 10MADRID87, SCENESETTER FOR WHA A/S VALENZUELA'S JANUARY 31
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|10MADRID87||2010-01-27 12:12||2010-12-07 12:12||CONFIDENTIAL||Embassy Madrid|
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C O N F I D E N T I A L MADRID 000087 SIPDIS DEPARTMENT FOR JUAN GONZALEZ, WHA BILL MCILHENNY, WHA/PPC ALEXANDRA MCKNIGHT AND STACIE ZERDECKI, EUR/WE E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/26/2020 TAGS: PREL PGOV SP SUBJECT: SCENESETTER FOR WHA A/S VALENZUELA'S JANUARY 31 FEBRUARY 3 VISIT TO SPAIN < REF: A. 2009 MADRID 59 ¶B. SANTO DOMINGO 21 ¶C. 2009 MADRID 1146 ¶D. 2009 HAVANA 683 Classified By: DCM Arnold A. Chacon, for reasons 1.4(b) and (d). XXXXXXXXXXXX //Bilateral Relations// ¶5. (U) Spain is an important friend and ally of the U.S. We especially value Spanish cooperation on security issues and in the fights against terrorism and narcotics. It would be worth discussing increased cooperation against Latin American
narcotics traffickers. Spain is the principal point of entry
for South American cocaine coming to Europe and has a serious
domestic drug consumption problem. Spain is also a strong bilateral
defense partner, and operates a Provincial Reconstruction Team in
Afghanistan with about 1,000 troops participating in ISAF.
Zapatero was criticized for his poor relations with the USG
during the Bush Administration (a result of his Iraq pullout).
His enthusiasm for President Obama and his desire for closer
bilateral relations have resulted in GOS willingness to send 511
more troops to Afghanistan, pending legislative approval, and to
take 5 Guantanamo detainees. In both cases, he has faced public
criticism that he has subordinated Spain's interest to President
Obama's. Spain also allows us the use of two military bases, Rota
and Moron, that are crucial transit points between the U.S. and
Afghanistan and Iraq. Counter-terrorism and law enforcement cooperation
is strong, and business ties are increasing. XXXXXXXXXXXX SOLOMONT