Dear all,
I would like to know the difference between diplomat and ambassador. I have a friend who is from Malaysia and is here to be in charge of visa affiars of her country. Is she a diplomat or an ambassador? Thank you very much!
Dear all, I would like to know the difference between diplomat and ambassador. I have a friend who is from Malaysia and is here to be in charge of visa affiars of her country. Is she a diplomat or an ambassador? Thank you very much!

She is not an ambassador. The Malaysian Ambassador is the most senior representative of Malaysia in your country. The Ambassador is in charge of many staff possibly including your friend who is in charge of visa affairs.
I don't know whether your friend could be described as a diplomat. She will not represent Malaysia in discussions with the government of your country. She is probably a member of the Malaysian Consular Service.

Services provided by the "Consular Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Malaysian Missions Abroad"
http://www.kln.gov.my/?m id=8
The word "mission" includes embassies and consulates.

Peter Duncanson, UK
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Dear all, =A0 =A0 =A0 I would like to know the difference between diplomat and ambassador. =A0I have a friend ... be in charge of visa affiars of her country. =A0Is she a diplomat or an ambassador? =A0Thank you very much!

She is not an ambassador the person appointed by a government to represent that government to another (specific) government. It is an official position.
A diplomat has a diplomatic passport and diplomatic immunity. This broad definition allows inclusion of numerous spies.

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Dear all, I would like to know the difference between diplomat and ambassador.  I have a friend who is from Malaysia and is here to be in charge of visa affiars of her country.  Is she a diplomat or an ambassador?  Thank you very much!

She is not an ambassador the person appointed by a government to represent that government to another (specific) government. It is an official position. A diplomat has a diplomatic passport and diplomatic immunity. This broad definition allows inclusion of numerous spies.

I think that "lcy"'s friend will have Consular Immunity for official acts performed by her.
The arrangements are agreed by international treaty so the principles in this description from the USA will apply in other countries: http://www.state.gov/m/ds/immunities/c9127.htm

Peter Duncanson, UK
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Dear all, I would like to know the difference between diplomat and ambassador. I have a friend who is from Malaysia and is here to be in charge of visa affiars of her country. Is she a diplomat or an ambassador? Thank you very much!

If she were the ambassador to your country, I think she would have mentionged that. It's a big deal. So is her job but not nearly as much. Each country only gets one from any other country.
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Dear all, I would like to know the difference between ... she a diplomat or an ambassador? Thank you very much!

If she were the ambassador to your country, I think she would have mentionged that. It's a big deal. So is her job but not nearly as much. Each country only gets one from any other country.

It seems likely that the friend in charge of visa affairs will be a described as a Consular Official or a Consular Officer. Her job does not involve diplomacy so she will not be a diplomat.

Peter Duncanson, UK
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If she were the ambassador to your country, I think ... Each country only gets one from any other country.

It seems likely that the friend in charge of visa affairs will be a described as a Consular Official or a Consular Officer. Her job does not involve diplomacy so she will not be a diplomat.

Though she might have diplomatic immunity.

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Dear all, I would like to know the difference between diplomat and ambassador. I have a friend who is from Malaysia and is here to be in charge of visa affiars of her country. Is she a diplomat or an ambassador? Thank you very much!

It's like the difference between President and politician.

"I have a friend who is in charge of the cleaning in the White House. Is she a politician or the President?"