Agrément is a specialized term in the field of international affairs that refers to the agreement by a state to receive members of a diplomatic mission from a foreign country.
In this procedure, diplomatic connections consent by the demande d' agréation obtained prior to the appointment of a diplomat of the posting state. The posting state showcases an accreditation letter which is presented to the appointed diplomat by the head of state on the diplomat's arrival. He or she is thereby accepted as a member of the diplomatic corps of the receiving state and added to a diplomatic list. The designated personage enjoys diplomatic immunity in the receiving state.
The state receiving the designated diplomat may refuse the agrément without giving a reason, making the designated diplomat "persona non grata". The absence of a timely agrément is often seen as a signal to designate a different individual.
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