Consulate

Updated: 2017-03-27.

In diplomacy, a consulate is essentially a satellite office of the embassy, but its roles are limited in scope, usually pertaining to and prioritizing the interests and concerns of its people and businesses abroad. The head of a consulate is called a consul, though it could be the consul-general. If a country hosts both an embassy and one or more consulates, the consulates will take over those consular duties from the embassy.

A major consulate is called the consulate-general.

See also: consul, consul-generalconsulate-general, embassy, resident mission, non-resident mission, diplomatic mission.

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