The Minister in Portugal ( Norweb ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 5:13 p.m.]
811. For the Secretary and Matthews. I would comment, in connection with the last part of London’s telegram No. 2058 to the Department,51 that it is important that the British Ambassador be instructed to state in writing to Salazar not merely that his Government desires that negotiations for a second airfield be conducted directly between the United States and Portugal but also that they reach a speedy and successful termination without recourse to the Anglo-Portuguese agreement of August 17. It should thus be made clear that the British Government fully supports our desire to build and operate on our own behalf the second airfield.
Reference is also made to your 750, March 11, 7 p.m.51