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Diplomatic Notes


Where can I get some help on the drafting of diplomatic notes? Can an exchange of diplomatic notes constitute an international agreement?

The State Department's Executive Secretariat Correspondence Office has a very helpful description of diplomatic notes, with examples of the different types of diplomatic notes. See

In addition, the Office of Treaty Affairs is available to help draft or review exchanges of diplomatic notes.

An exchange of diplomatic notes may constitute an international agreement.


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