Summons Issued to the Ambassador of the United States in Spain

​The Ambassador of the United States, James Costos, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation this morning to clarify information released relating to the mass spying system run by the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States.

The Government reiterated to the Ambassador its concern regarding information in the press in the last few days and underlined that every system must maintain the necessary balance between security and protecting the privacy and intimacy of communications, as clearly laid down in Spanish legislation.
Spain conveyed to the United States the importance of preserving a climate of confidence in bilateral relations and wished to know the scope of certain practices that are certainly inappropriate and unacceptable between partners and allied countries.
The Secretary of State for the European Union, Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, referred to the diplomatic overtures of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the Under Secretary of Political Affairs of the US Department of State in July and of the deputy Director-General of North America to the US Chargé d'Affaires in Madrid in August along with the activities of the ad hoc European Union-United States working group on data protection. He urged the United States authorities to provide all the information necessary on the alleged interceptions carried out in Spain.

Ambassador Costos replied that he would convey this concern to his authorities and declared his conviction that in the framework of existing collaboration in all spheres between the two countries, the Government of the United States would clear up any misunderstandings that might have arisen over this affair.


  • 29 Jul @SpainMFA * 🔵 Find out what you need to know about entry #requirements when you are visiting #Spain ➡️
  • 28 Jul @SpainMFA * RT @Europarl_EN: Want to work for the EU institutions? Check out the opportunities available →
  • 28 Jul @SpainMFA * RT @CervantesLondon: Everything you need to know make the most of Almodovar's season in London through Oct: https:/…
  • 28 Jul @SpainMFA * RT @SpainInTheUSA: The Spanish Olympic team is on its way to the #RioOlympics after meeting with Prime Minister @marianorajoy! @COE_es http…
  • 28 Jul @SpainMFA * #Spanish diplomacy traces its origins back + than 5 c. & has undergone many transformations ➔
  • 28 Jul @SpainMFA * The development of trade relations b2in South#Korea & #Spain has taken a very + turn in recent years @MOFAkr_eng
  • 28 Jul @SpainMFA * RT @SpainInTheUSA: There are 5 @InstCervantes centers for Spanish learning in the US - Boston, Chicago, Albuquerque, New York & Seattle htt…
  • 28 Jul @SpainMFA * RT @CervantesLondon: .@CurzonBbury to host retrospective of Almodovar's work 31 Jul - 28 Aug (ES): @CurzonCinemas h…
  • 28 Jul @SpainMFA * RT @EmbEspFinlandia: Are you thinking of investing in Spain? Have a look at our website:
  • 28 Jul @SpainMFA * RT @EmbajadaEspRiga: On #WorldHepatitisDay we shall be aware that more than 400mln people are affected worldwide ht…
  • 27 Jul @SpainMFA * Speak the #language of 559 million people in the world. Speak Spanish! @InstCervantes
  • 27 Jul @SpainMFA * RT @CervantesLondon: Do you have an #artistic vein? Take part in the I Ibero-American Arts Award @IberoAAAward: htt…
  • 27 Jul @SpainMFA * RT @EmbEspanaBeirut: Run for Life Race Spanish BRILIB soldiers ran for a cause Lebanon http…
  • 27 Jul @SpainMFA * RT @SpainInTheUSA: Less than a week left to apply for the Hispanic Leaders program! Don't miss out on this great opportunity!
  • 27 Jul @SpainMFA * RT @MarcaEspanaEN: .@SpainMFA rewards the heads of various media outlets which have made a significant contribution to Marca España https:/…


  • Inscríbete en el Registro de Viajeros
  • Recomendaciones de Viaje
  • Fichas por país
  • MAEC / Sede Palacio de Santa Cruz
    Plaza de la Provincia, 1
    28012 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
  • MAEC / Sede Palacio de Viana
    Duque de Rivas, 1
    28071 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
  • MAEC / Sede Torres Ágora
    Serrano Galvache, 26
    28033 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
    Avda. Reyes Católicos, 4
    28040 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 583 81 00 / 01
    Fax: 91 583 83 10 / 11
  • Dirección General de Españoles en el Exterior y de Asuntos Consulares y Migratorios
    Ruiz de Alarcón, 5 (esq. Juan de Mena, 4)
    28014 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 17 00
Gobierno de España
©Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación
Portal gestionado por la Oficina de Información Diplomática