7.1 The initial selection of its ambassadors and, below them, the members of the staff of a diplomatic mission, is a matter for the law and practice of each State. Most States entrust the conduct of their diplomatic relations with other States, at least below the rank of ambassador, to a professional diplomatic service. The law and practice varies between different States on such matters as whether diplomatic posts are open to persons of other nationalities and on the personal requirements for appointment. Formerly it was common for States to maintain specialized...
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