Foreign Service (U.S.)

(U.S. diplomacy) The Foreign Service supports the president of the United States and the secretary of state in pursuing U.S. foreign policy objectives. Foreign service functions include: representing U.S. interests; operating U.S. overseas missions; assisting U.S. citizens abroad; public diplomacy and reporting; and communicating and negotiating political, economic, consular, administrative, cultural, and commercial affairs. The Foreign Service comprises officers from the Departments of State, Commerce, and Agriculture and the United States Information Service. See commercial officers; economic officers.

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