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What are diplomatic missions for and why are they still important?

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A diplomatic mission is a key aspect of international relations, representing a country, state, or a governmental organization like the United Nations in another country. These resident or non-resident embassies are crucial in maintaining healthy social, cultural, and economic ties between two countries.

When missions are established between commonwealth nations, this is called high commissions, with their heads named high commissioners. The premise here is that commonwealth nations are not foreign to one another. The high commissioner is, for all intents and purposes, still operates like an ambassador. However, they are accredited by the government of the receiving Commonwealth country, not to the head of state.

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There are other forms of mission officials, like the Vatican’s envoy and the consulate, which focuses on dealing with individuals and businesses. But all diplomatic missions are guided by the need to intercede in issues related to trade, war, and peace-making. Diplomatic missions used to strictly deal with the issues mentioned, but a growing global world has required such relations to include other concerns like culture, diaspora, human rights, and the environment.

The idea behind diplomacy is to find mutually beneficial and acceptable solutions for common national challenges, in a non-confrontational manner. In short, diplomacy is needed to maintain the ideals of civility, the root term that defines our modern civilizations.

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