The Portuguese Ambassador, responding said that the gathering represented a most pleasing tribute of British good will towards his country, and he hoped that such a manifestation would have, both in Britain and Portugal, most happy results, reawakening the feeling of solidarity so long dormant. Those who had arranged the dinner had shown his countrymen, with first-class diplomacy, that indeed Portugal could count here upon a wide-spread friendship; they had shown the falsity of that which others had sought to make them believe. His countrymen would see that the age-old diplomatic attachment between the two countries was not a mere political concern, a cold marriage of convenience, but a bond of mutual fellowship and understanding – a marriage of interest, but also of respect and love. Its foundations were in political, strategic, and economic interest most certainly – but also in the hearts of the people.