19.1 Although as explained in the previous chapter the historical origins, the titles, and the status of consuls are different from those of diplomats, the distinction between the functions of consuls and those of diplomats is not clear cut. The essential difference between diplomatic and consular work is that, whereas the diplomat does business with or through the central government of the receiving State, the consul for the most part conducts official business only with local or municipal authorities. The nature of the individual consul’s work varies to a much...
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