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An ambassador-at-large is a diplomat, a secretary, or a minister of the highest rank who is accredited to represent a country and its people internationally.

Unlike an ambassador-in-residence, who is usually limited to a country or embassy, the ambassador-at-large is entrusted to operate in several usually-neighboring countries, a region or sometimes hold a seat in an international organization like the United Nations and the European Union. In some cases, an ambassador-at-large may even be specifically assigned a role to advise and assist the state or a government in particular issues. Historically, presidents or prime ministers have designated special diplomatic envoys for specific assignments, primarily overseas but sometimes also within the country as an ambassador-at-large.

Honorific title[]

According to international protocol, ambassadors and ambassadors-at-large are officially styled and addressed as His/Her Excellency, or Mister/Madam Ambassador. The title may be abbreviated in official correspondence as H.E.[1]

United States ambassadors-at-large[]

The US president appointed the first official who specifically bore the title of ambassador-at-large on 12 March 1949 under the authority vested in Article II, Section 2 of the US Constitution to deal with specific foreign policy issues, which have been frequently spelled out in their commissions.

Ambassador-at-Large positions in the diplomatic corps of the US State Department include:

  • Coordinator for Counterterrorism
  • United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice
  • United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues
  • United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
  • United States Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
  • United States Global AIDS Coordinator

Notable ambassadors-at-large[]

  • Charles Aznavour, Franco-Armenian singer, French Ambassador-at-Large to Armenia
  • Princess Masna Bolkiah, Brunei's Ambassador-at-Large and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Barbara Carrera, former Ambassador-at-large for Nicaragua, appointed by then-president Arnoldo Alemán
  • Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large representing Singapore and former ambassador to the United States from 1996 to 2012[2]
  • Suzan Johnson Cook, former United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
  • Henry A. Crumpton, Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the Department of State[3]
  • Ahmet Davutoğlu, Formerly Ambassador-at-Large of Turkey; he subsequently served as Foreign Minister and Prime Minister.
  • Oscar de la Renta, Ambassador-at-Large of the Dominican Republic[4]
  • Eric Goosby, United States Global AIDS Coordinator (Ambassador-at-Large for HIV and AIDS)[5]
  • León María Guerrero III, Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs under Ramon Magsaysay (1953–1954) and Ambassador-at-Large under four Philippine Presidents: Ramon Magsaysay (1954–1957), Carlos P. Garcia (1957–1961), Diosdado Macapagal (1961–1965) and Ferdinand E. Marcos (1965–1980)
  • Georg von Habsburg, Ambassador-at-Large of Hungary[6]
  • John Hanford, former United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
  • Philip Jessup, United States Ambassador-at-large under President Harry S. Truman
  • Nicolas Kazadi, Ambassador-at-Large for the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large of Singapore
  • Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador-at-Large of Hellenic Republic, Vice President of the European Parliament and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece
  • Gene Loh, Ambassador-at-Large of the Republic of China (Taiwan) from 1997 to 2001[7]
  • Javed Malik, Pakistan's Ambassador-at-Large to the Gulf Region
  • Amina Mohammed, Ambasador-at-large representing Kenya
  • Lon Non, Ambassador-at-Large for the Khmer Republic
  • Lineo Ntoane, Kingdom of Lesotho Ambassador-at-large
  • Dame Nuala O'Loan, of Ireland. Roving Ambassador for Conflict Resolution and Special Envoy to Timor-Leste[8]
  • Ong Keng Yong, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Affairs, Singapore and former Secretary-General of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • Jaroslaw Pijarowski, Ambassador-at-Large of International Human Rights Organization for Poland[9]
  • Gopinath Pillai, Ambassador-at-Large of Singapore[10]
  • Carlos P. Romulo, President of the United Nations General Assembly (1949–1950), Secretary/Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador-at-Large under three Philippine Presidents: Elpidio Quirino (1950–1952), Diosdado Macapagal (1963–1964) and Ferdinand Marcos (1968–1984)
  • Petri Salo, Finland's Roving Ambassador for the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia)[11]
  • Mehdi Samii, Iranian ambassador-at-large for Economic affairs and Advisor to the Prime Minister for International Financing (1971–1973)[12]
  • Strobe Talbott, US Ambassador-at-Large and Special Advisor to the Secretary on the New Independent States[13]

See also[]

  • Dual accreditation


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