Two hundred and sixty-four years have elapsed since, on 28 July 1736, a decision by King D. Jodi:, V created a department in the Portuguese administration that can be regarded as the direct predecessor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs — the State Secretariat of Foreign Affairs and War. It is also 180 years since those two areas were separated in the aftermath of the Liberal Revolution, giving rise to the State Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. It would be no exaggeration to say that, throughout that extended period, ‘Palácio das Necessidades’ (as it has traditionally been designated owing to the fact that the Ministry has been based in the building bearing that name since 1911) has always assumed a special role in the framework of the Portuguese public administration and acquired a primus inter pares position.
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