Legation

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Former legation of Iran at the time of the Qajar dynasty in Washington, D.C.

In diplomacy, a legation was a diplomatic representative office lower than an embassy. Where an embassy was headed by an Ambassador, a legation was headed by an Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.

The distinction between a legation and embassy was gradually dropped following World War II. Diplomatic representative offices are now designated as embassies, consulates, permanent missions or high commissions.


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