152. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Portugal 1

638. Request that in your next talk with Franco Nogueira you make clear our non-appreciation of remarks reported your A-454.2 We find it singularly vexatious that he should engage in thinly-veiled public castigation of US and its policies before press representatives while simultaneously poring over every word or act of US officials in search of imagined grievances.

Leave manner of conveying this to your discretion, but it would be adverse US-Portuguese relations if Fonmin remained under delusion that his remarks went unnoticed.

  1. Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1964-66, POL 10 PORT. Confidential; Limdis. Drafted by Barbour and approved by Burdett.
  2. Airgram A-454 from Lisbon, April 11, reported that Nogueira delivered a “tirade” against U.S. policy toward Africa to a group of American journalists. (Ibid.)