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see diplomatic servicediplomatic service,
organized body of agents maintained by governments to communicate with one another. Origins

Until the 15th cent. any formal communication or negotiation among nations was conducted either by means of ambassadors specially appointed for a
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1. short for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary; a diplomatic minister of the highest rank, accredited as permanent representative to another country or sovereign
2. ambassador extraordinary a diplomatic minister of the highest rank sent on a special mission
3. ambassador plenipotentiary a diplomatic minister of the first rank with treaty-signing powers
4. ambassador-at-large US an ambassador with special duties who may be sent to more than one government
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In 1997, although eminently qualified for the ambassadorship, Weld was being blocked by a single senator, the late Jesse Helms, who claimed that the candidate was soft on drugs.
Today, civil service is based on merit, but there's one position in government where it pays to know the president: ambassadorships.
What remains unclear is whether the Iranian Foreign Ministry has decided not to replace Movahedian for fear of setting off more torrents of hatred from the Majlis or whether it has cut some sort of deal with vocal Majlis deputies under which they will now drop the issue in exchange for the vacancy in the ambassadorship.
To say we can't have a referendum because it will be "too expensive" when they are all sitting in a near billion-pound upturned boat, and when McConnell has made off with a pounds 30,000-a-year pension and an ambassadorship for leading his party to defeat, and when money is no object for schemes like a "web-based think tank", is beyond risible.
Hundreds of pupils at Sandhill View and Monkwearmouth Schools have won prizes for academic achievement, sport, performing arts, services to the schools and ambassadorship.
Ben-Srhir (history, Hassan II U.) makes the ambassadorship of Hay the spine of his analysis, detailing the concerted effort by European nations to undermine Morocco's authority and sovereignty.
Tanaka said that during the two years of his ambassadorship, Japan's yen-loan program had been restored, the nonproliferation issue has been contained and incidents of terrorism brought down.
"It is a phenomenal source of friendship, an ambassadorship without peer for Ireland."
It may be mentioned here that Denmark's new Ambassador to Pakistan, Jesper Moller Sorensen had already stated that one of his key goals during his Ambassadorship is to strengthen bilateral ties between Pakistan and Denmark.
disclosed on Friday that he had never wanted to head the poll body and had asked President Benigno Aquino III for an ambassadorship shortly after the 2010 elections.
"It was useless for her to travel to Washington to join the duties of most crucial ambassadorship of Pakistan here if the PPP government's days are numbered," the sources observed while quoting senior US Administration officials.