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Very undiplomatic row could hit US courts

The professional body for diplomats has given the State Department until Thursday to certify that all nominees for plum US ambassadorships are competent to serve, amid anger over the number of political appointeesThe professional body for diplomats has given the State Department until Thursday to certify that all nominees for plum US ambassadorships are competent to serve, amid anger over the number of political appointees. Otherwise, the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) says it will sue the US administration to force it to prove that all the nominees have so-called “certificates of demonstrated competence.” “AFSA remains concerned about the qualifications of several recent nominees,” the body said in a statement. “AFSA’s goal is to ensure that the nation has the most qualified persons serving as ambassadors.

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