Today`s emissary was referring to any high-ranking diplomat. In the past, it had a specific hierarchical connotation that was used to designate less diplomatic agents of the highest rank. Diplomacy is the art and science of maintaining peaceful relations between nations, groups or individuals. Diplomacy often refers to representatives of different groups discussing issues such as conflict, trade, the environment, technology or security. People who practice diplomacy are called diplomats. Diplomats are trying to help their own countries promote cooperation between nations and maintain peace. A group of diplomats representing a country living in another country is called a diplomatic mission. A permanent diplomatic mission is called a message. An ambassador is the chief diplomat in a message. A large diplomatic mission can be represented next to a single message.
Other places of representation are called consulates. The U.K. Embassy is located for example in the US capital Washington, D.C. The United Kingdom also has consulates in Atlanta, Georgia; Boston, Massachusetts Chicago, Illinois, Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles (California) Miami (Florida) New York, New York; Orlando, Florida and San Francisco, California. The British ambassador to the United States is Sir Nigel Sheinwald. Sheinwald and the rest of the British diplomatic representation were responsible for representing British policy to the US government and supporting the British people in the United States. This often involves helping them on legal issues such as visas or work permits. U.S. diplomats work for a branch of the State Department called the Foreign Service.
More than 12,000 people work for the Foreign Action Service, assist Americans who travel abroad and have a U.S. foreign policy. The United States has 265 diplomatic representations worldwide. The largest diplomatic representation of the United States is in Mexico, which has an embassy in Mexico City and 22 consulates and consular agencies throughout the country. Ambassadors are appointed by the President of the United States. The United States has ambassadors in most, but not all, countries. For example, an ambassador or diplomatic mission does not represent the United States in Cuba. The United States had supported the government of Fulgencio Batista until the dictator was overthrown by the Cuban revolution in 1959. The United States deprived Cuba of its diplomatic recognition in 1961. Diplomatic recognition is the act of a nation or state that accepts the independence and legitimacy of another nation or state. Today, the United States is represented by an agency of the Swiss Embassy in Cuba – the service of interest of the american interests of the Swiss Embassy in Havana (USINT Havana).
Similarly, Cuba is represented by another agency of the Swiss Embassy in Washington. Extraordinary Ambassador and Plenipotentiary The head of a diplomatic mission; the highest official diplomatic representative of his country in the country where he is accredited and the personal representative of his own to the head of state of the host country. The term “exceptional” has no real meaning. Years ago, it was assigned only to foreign ambassadors on temporary missions and was used to distinguish it from the usual ambassadors. They were angry with others who had this name, because they seemed to imply a lesser position for themselves.