Commercial Diplomatic Policy and Practice: a practitioner’s perspective
Properly to understand what the Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) have done for British commerce in modern times, it is right to glance briefly at the past. Early diplomacy and espionage, under Queen Elizabeth I, were crucially commercial in their objectives. The Turkey Company, created for purely commercial reasons, established an embassy in Constantinople. Its later Letters Patent and Charter of 1581 added political force and objectives to its commercial diplomatic role.
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