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ambassador - Diplomats, Non-diplomatic ambassadorships

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An accredited diplomat sent by a state on a mission to a foreign country, or who is its highest-ranking permanent diplomat residing in a foreign country, officially representing his or her state in relations with foreign governments. Ambassadors are to be distinguished from consuls, whose chief functions are to protect citizens abroad, and to protect the commercial interests of these citizens.

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