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Diplomats drop threatened lawsuit over US envoys

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki briefs the media on December 20, 2013, in Washington, DCThe professional body for American diplomats has dropped its threat to sue the State Department following a row over whether some ambassador candidates were qualified for their plum overseas postings, an official said Monday. The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) had called for the US administration to release so-called “certificates of demonstrated competence” amid anger over the number of political nominees and concern over the qualifications of some. An AFSA spokesperson told AFP the body had received “the majority of the materials” it had requested by Friday. However the association, which has 16,400 members among current and retired diplomats “believes that these documents should be released to the general public as a measure of transparency and good governance,” said AFSA’s director of communications Kristen Fernekes.

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