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ENVOY, international law. In diplomatic language, an envoy is a minister of the second rank, on whom his sovereign or government has conferred a degree of dignity and respectability, which, without being on a level with an ambassador, immediately follows, and among ministers, yields the preeminence to him alone.
     2. Envoys are either ordinary or extraordinary; by custom the latter is held in greater consideration. Vattel, liv. 4, c. 6, Sec. 72.

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Following some deliberations after Prince Kung's briefing, the emperor approved the appointment of Burlingame as China's envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the West.
Her Majesty's Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Portugal, under the following circumstances.
Kiyoshi Araki, Japan's minister to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris since August 2000, became envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the OECD.