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The Role And Work Of The Diplomatic Corps In Washington

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The Legislative Branch of Government provides a broad range of necessary very important contacts. Persons such as former Cabinet officers, Senators, Ambassadors and other senior officials as well as other opinion makers, who collectively form what is called the Foreign Policy Establishment, can be of great assistance in terms of helping an Ambassador see past events of topical interest in perspective, understanding current events better and facilitating access to those who are now in authority. Despite the evident inequalities between states in terms of size, population, wealth, etc., since international relations are based on the principle of sovereign equality, in terms of protocol all Ambassadors are treated equally. The determining factor is seniority, based on the date of their presentation of credentials, the most senior being the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps who speaks on behalf of all at ceremonial occasions.

Keywords:Ambassador; credentials; Dean; diplomatic corps; Government; Senators; seniority; Washington



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