Formation of The Anglo-Portuguese Society (extract from The Times)
Posted On July 13, 2018
A dinner in honour of the Portuguese Ambassador and Mme de Sttau Monteiro arranged by friends in this country who are closely connected with Portugal was held at The Dorchester last night. Sir Francis Lindley, for some years British Ambassador in Lisbon, presided.
Lord Harlech, in submitting the toast “Portugal” said that the accident of birth had necessitated his sudden resignation from an office which he first entered some 16 years ago and the abandonment of work and interests which had meant so much to him. Ministerial responsibility had on many occasions brought him in personal contact with Portugal’s Colonial Empire, more particularly in Africa. As he was now a free man and could speak freely, he wished to point out that far more important than their valuable and long-established mutual trade was the mutual interest of their political alliance. They had a common interest in defending the integrity, undiminished, of their possessions in Africa – not only in Africa, where the use of Portuguese ports and harbours were a vital necessity to the commerce of the Union of South Africa, the Rhodesias and Nyasaland, but on the high road to Africa down the Atlantic. The integrity and independence of Lisbon, Madeira and the Azores, and the Cape Verde Islands was a British strategic interest almost as much as it was a Portuguese. Events in the world to-day, and particularly in Spain, made the mutual friendship and alliance of Britain and Portugal even more important to both of us than in the past. Founded on centuries of tradition and mutual good will, it was to-day, as in the days of Wellington and Nelson, a mutual interest