HC Deb 26 November 1958 vol 596 c356
22. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what assurance he requested from the Sudan Government, before according their recognition, that their policy of friendship with this country remains unaltered after their recent political changes.

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

My right hon. and learned Friend requested no such assurance. It is not in accordance with our normal practice to make recognition of a Government depend upon assurances of its friendship. The House will, however, like to know that the Prime Minister of the Sudan has told our Ambassador that he looks forward to maintaining the excellent relations which already existed between our two countries.

Mr. Sorensen

That is extremely gratifying, but may I take it that we, on our side, have equally expressed to the Sudanese Government our wish to continue the friendship that we have enjoyed heretofore?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

That is correct.