The Ambassador in Portugal (MacVeagh) to the Secretary of State
Ambassador W. Averell Harriman, Special Representative in Europe for the ECA, arrived in Lisbon, via a U.S. army plane, at 2 p. m., on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th. This was Mr. Harriman’s first visit to Portugal since the initiation of the Marshall Plan.…
Though Mr. Harriman intended his visit to be primarily one of rest and recreation, he made good use of the opportunities which it afforded for enlightening interested Portuguese on ECA matters and most obligingly acceded to all the official demands unavoidably made upon him. The Portuguese press gave good coverage to his visit and carried extensive accounts of a press conference held by him at the American Embassy. In addition, he had a long interview with Dr. Salazar, the Prime Minister, at which he was accompanied by both Mr. Patten2 and Mr. Xanthaky, the American Ambassador’s Special Assistant, who acted as interpreter at Dr. Salazar’s request. He also called with the American Ambassador on Dr. da Matta, the Foreign Minister, and on Dr. de Faria, Acting Director General of the Foreign Office. He made a special personal call on Dr. Costa Leite, the [Page 715] Finance Minister, at the latter’s house where he was recuperating from a serious accident, was guest at a dinner given by the American Ambassador for the Foreign Minister, and also guest of honor at a large luncheon in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs given jointly by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Finance.
The visit seems also to have been useful as regarding Mr. Harriman’s personal opportunities for observing the working out of the Marshall Plan in Portugal. In addition to two long conversations with the American Ambassador regarding relations with the Portuguese and other matters, he spent much time in company with Mr. Patten and held an extended conference with the ECA staff at which all aspects of Portuguese and colonial ECA operations were discussed. His interest and acumen provided a valuable stimulus to the morale of all concerned.
The highlight of Mr. Harriman’s visit was, of course, his interview with Dr. Salazar, of which I enclose a full report as drawn up by Mr. Xanthaky.…
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- David L. Patten, Chief, ECA Mission to Portugal.↩