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Viewing cable 06MADRID2908, DEMARCHE ON IRAN AIR'S ATTEMPT TO ACQUIRE 30

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MADRID2908 2006-11-17 17:05 2010-12-12 12:12 SECRET Embassy Madrid
VZCZCXYZ0012
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMD #2908 3211713
ZNY SSSAA ZZH
O 171713Z NOV 06
FM AMEMBASSY MADRID
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1333
INFO RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RULSDMK/DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RHMFISS/USCENTCOM INTEL CEN MACDILL AFB FL IMMEDIATE
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUETIAA/DIRNSA FT GEORGE G MEADE MD IMMEDIATE
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUCNFB/FBI WASHDC IMMEDIATE
S E C R E T MADRID 002908

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

EUR/WE
EB/ESC/TFS
ISN/CATR
EUR/PRA
NEA/IR

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/17/2016
TAGS: EAIR ETRD ETTC PARM PREL IT VE KTFN SP
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE ON IRAN AIR'S ATTEMPT TO ACQUIRE 30
CIVILIAN U.S. ORIGIN COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT FROM IBERIA
AIRLINES

REF: A. STATE 186533

B. IIR 7 730 0002 07

Classified By: AMBASSADOR EDUARDO AGUIRRE FOR REASONS 1.4 (B), (C) & (D
)

1. (S//NF) Ambassador raised reftel demarche during a
November 17 meeting with Spanish FM Moratinos. (Note: Other
meeting topics are covered septel. End Note.) Moratinos
stated he was completely unaware of any such deal, but noted
that Iberia was a private commercial enterprise with no
government interest. He and the Ambassador then went through
the reftel talking points carefully. The Ambassador stated
that this was potentially very serious for Iberia and that he
intended to raise the issue with Iberia senior management.
Moratinos acknowledged the potential seriousness of the
issue, but asked the Ambassador to let him (Moratinos) look
into the matter first. The Ambassador said he would welcome
any information Moratinos obtained and that he would wait to
hear from Moratinos before contacting Iberia directly.

2. (S//NF) Ambassador will also raise the issue with GOS VP
Fernandez de la Vega at a scheduled lunch on November 20.
Post will report further as we have more information.
AGUIRRE