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Portugal (Rhodesian Representation)

Volume 718: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1965

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Rhodesian Government are channelling their relations with Portugal through their own accredited diplomatic representative or through Her Majesty's Ambassador.

As was made clear by my right hon. Friend on 1st November, Her Majesty's Government do not accept that Mr. Reedman is the "Accredited Diplomatic Representative" of Rhodesia in Lisbon, nor has he been received by the Portuguese Government in that capacity. Whilst I cannot say what instructions Mr. Reedman may have received from the Rhodesian Government his presence in Lisbon does not affect the responsibility of Her Majesty's Government for the conduct of Rhodesia's external affairs with the Portuguese Government.