The Info List - Ambassador-at-large

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An ambassador-at-large is a diplomat of the highest rank or a minister who is accredited to represent his country and people internationally. Unlike an ambassador-in-residence who is usually limited to a country or embassy, the ambassador-at-large is entrusted to operate in several usually neighboring countries, a region or sometimes hold a seat in an international organization like the United Nations
United Nations
and the European Union. In some cases an ambassador-at-large may even be specifically assigned a role to advise and assist the state or a government in particular issues. Historically, presidents or prime ministers have designated special diplomatic envoys for specific assignments, primarily overseas but sometimes also within the country as an ambassador-at-large.


1 Honorific title 2 United States ambassadors-at-large 3 Notable ambassadors-at-large 4 See also 5 References

Honorific title[edit] According to international protocol, ambassadors and ambassadors-at-large are officially styled and addressed as His/Her Excellency, or Mister/Madam Ambassador. The title may be abbreviated in official correspondence as H.E.[1] United States ambassadors-at-large[edit] The US President appointed the first official specifically to bear the title of ambassador-at-large on 12 March 1949, under the authority vested in Article II, Section 2 of the U.S Constitution to deal with specific foreign policy issues which have been frequently, but not always, spelled out in their commissions. Ambassador-at-Large positions in the diplomatic corps of the US State Department include:

Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues United States Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Notable ambassadors-at-large[edit]

Charles Aznavour, Franco-Armenian singer, French Ambassador-at-Large to Armenia Princess Masna Bolkiah, Brunei's Ambassador-at-Large and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ahmet Davutoğlu, Formerly Ambassador-at-Large of Turkey; he subsequently served as Foreign Minister and Prime Minister. Eric Goosby, United States Global AIDS Coordinator ( Ambassador-at-Large for HIV and AIDS)[2] León María Guerrero III, Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs under Ramon Magsaysay
Ramon Magsaysay
(1953-1954) and Ambassador-at-Large under four Philippine Presidents: Ramon Magsaysay
Ramon Magsaysay
(1954-1957), Carlos P. Garcia (1957-1961), Diosdado Macapagal
Diosdado Macapagal
(1961-1965) and Ferdinand E. Marcos (1965-1980). Georg von Habsburg, Ambassador-at-Large of Hungary[3] Philip Jessup, United States Ambassador-at-large under President Harry S. Truman. Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large of Singapore Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador-at-Large of Hellenic Republic, Vice President of the European Parliament and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece Gene Loh, Ambassador-at-Large of the Republic of China (Taiwan) from 1997 to 2001[4] Javed Malik, Pakistan's Ambassador-at-Large to the Gulf Region. Amina Mohammed, Ambasador-at-large representing Kenya Lineo Ntoane, Kingdom of Lesotho Ambassador-at-Large. Dame Nuala O'Loan, of Ireland. Roving Ambassador
for Conflict Resolution and Special
Envoy to Timor-Leste[5] Gopinath Pillai, Ambassador-at-Large of Singapore[6] Oscar de la Renta, Ambassador-at-Large of the Dominican Republic.[7] Carlos P. Romulo, President of the United Nations
United Nations
General Assembly (1949-1950), Secretary/Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador-at-Large under three Philippine Presidents: Elpidio Quirino (1950-1952), Diosdado Macapagal
Diosdado Macapagal
(1963-1964) and Ferdinand Marcos (1968-1984). Petri Salo, Finland's Roving Ambassador
for the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia)[8] Strobe Talbott, US Ambassador-at-Large and Special
Advisor to the Secretary on the New Independent States[9] Stephan Welk, Ambassador-at-Large Republique Centrafricaine

See also[edit]

Dual accreditation


^ The Guide of the Modern Diplomatic Protocol ^ "Goosby, Eric". State. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2013.  ^ "The Habsburgs' new empire: The princess and the bear". The Economist. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2013.  ^ Chu, Monique (18 April 2002). "Veteran diplomat tells it like it was". Taipei Times. Retrieved 27 October 2012.  ^ "New Roving Ambassador
Nuala O' Loan to Travel to Timor". Irish embassy. 10 March 2008. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2013.  ^ "Live Mint". Live Mint. 21 November 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2014.  ^ Mower, Sarah (2002). Oscar: The Style, Inspiration and Life of Oscar De La Renta. New York: Assouline. p. 12.  ^ "Roving Ambassador
for South Caucasus -". Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2013.  ^ "Strobe Talbott: Richard von Weizsäcker Distinguished Visitor – Class of Spring 2009". American Academy in Berlin. 

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