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Ambassadors and Consuls

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An ambassador is the foreign diplomatic representative of a nation who is authorized to handle political negotiations between his or her country and the country where the ambassador has been assigned. A consul is the commercial agent of a nation, who is empowered only to engage in business transactions, and not political matters in the country where he or she is stationed.

The president with the consent of the Senate appoints ambassadors and consuls whereas the SECRETARY OF STATE appoints staff officers and other subordinate employees.

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