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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 http://ses.state.gov/execsecinfolink/readyreference.asp

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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