13.1 The earliest diplomatic missions in Asia and Africa as well as in Europe were generally temporary diplomatic missions despatched for a particular purpose. It was only in the sixteenth century that the major States in Europe began to maintain permanent diplomatic representation abroad, and it is clear from diplomatic writings of this period that permanent and temporary ambassadors coexisted in a capital without its being thought that the distinction in the duration of their missions implied any difference in their status. But gradually permanent diplomatic...
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