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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The envoy presented his letter of introduction, which the latter read with English coolness, and having finished, -- "I understand," said he, "perfectly."
"But," said the envoy, "you do not go about it in the right way to kill him, if I understand you correctly."
``The baffled envoy,'' continued Cedric, pursuing with animation his tale, though it interested not the listener, ``retreated, to carry to Tosti and his ally the ominous answer of his injured brother.
HH Amir envoy pays respects in Riyadh over Prince Bandar passing RIYADH, July 30 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's representative, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah has offered his condolences to the Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and the Saudi Royal family over the passing of Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.
ISLAMABAD -- European Union (EU) envoy has called on Abdul Razzaq Dawood, Advisor to Prime Minister (PM) on Trade and the two have agreed upon beefing up economic cooperation.
OWC has just revealed its latest external SSD, the Envoy Pro EX.
She was representing Pakistan at the 5th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan , as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Envoy was formed through the recent demerger of Global Energy Group (GEG), controlled by Highland businessman Roy MacGregor.
Museum curator Nasir Khan received the envoy and briefed him about the chronology, significance and history of Taxila valley civilisation and Buddhism.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced its first Envoy by Four Seasons collaboration for 2019.
The teen diplomatic envoy project co-organized by the MOFA and the Ministry of Education has entered its 17th year this year.