Although the term initially described relations between individuals, it is at times used for political purposes to describe relations between states or peoples (the "Franco – German friendship", for example), indicating in this case an affinity or mutuality of purpose between the two nations.
Regarding this aspect of international relations, Lord Palmerston said:
|“||Therefore I say that it is a narrow policy to suppose that this country or that is to be marked out as the eternal ally or the perpetual enemy of England. We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.||”|
This is often paraphrased as: "Nations have no permanent friends and no permanent enemies. Only permanent interests. "
The word friendship can be used in political speeches as an emotive modifier. Friendship in international relationships often refers to the quality of historical, existing, or anticipated bilateral relationships.
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Famous quotes containing the word friendships:
“A really tight friendship is when you start to really care about the person. If he gets sick, you kind of start worrying about himor if he gets hit by a car. An everyday friend, you say, I know that kid, hes all right, and you dont really think much of him. But a close friend you worry about more than yourself. Well, maybe not more, but about the same.”
—Anonymous Fifteen-Year-Old Boy. As quoted in Childrens Friendships by Zick Rubin, ch. 3 (1980)