Diplomats at an Embassy

How to Address a Counselor
How to Address an Attaché
How to Address an Assistant Attaché
How to Address a First Secretary
How to Address a Second Secretary
How to Address a Third Secretary

—-—-Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Full Name)
—-—-Embassy of (Official Name of Country)

—-—-Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Surname):


How to Address a Counselor?

How should I address foreign diplomats who are not the ambassador – rather, they are in the ambassador’s office. Their positions are:
—-Counselor, Deputy Chief of Mission
—-Counselor, Congressional Liaison Officer
Thanks in advance for your assistance,
—————– Ellen

Dear Ellen:
Only an accredited ambassador who has presented his credentials to the chief-of-state – or head of the international organization – is addressed as ‘His/Her Excellency (Full Name)’ or in direct address ‘Your Excellency’.

Everyone else at a foreign embassy is:

—-Address block on the letter:

—-—-Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Full Name)
—-—-(Office Title)
—-—-Embassy of (Official Name of Country)

 ————-Which looks like:
 ————-Mr. Ivan Franceus
 ————-Counselor, Congressional Liaison Officer
 ————-Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium
 ————-3330 Garfield Street, N.W.
 ————-Washington, DC 20008

—-In a salutation they would be
—-—-Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Surname):

‘Counselor’ is not used as an honorific in writing for a diplomat. Include their (office) after their name in an introduction … but it is not necessary on a mailing envelope.

RE: Use of ‘Mrs.’ or ‘Ms.’: Internationally ‘Ms.’ is not as ubiquitous as it is in the U.S., but a foreign diplomat serving in the U.S. would be familiar with it. For more on honorifics for women follow the link in the list at right for ‘Mrs. vs. Ms.’

– Robert Hickey

How to Address a Counselor — How to Address an Attaché — How to Address an Assistant Attaché — How to Address a First Secretary — How to Address a Second Secretary —  How to Address a Third Secretary

—–Forms of Address for Ambassadors:
—–—–U.S. Ambassador by a U.S. Citizen
—–—–U.S. Career Ambassador Retired
—–—–U.S. Ambassador, Retired Foreign Service
—–—–U.S. Ambassador, former, political appointee
—–—–U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom
—–—–Goodwill Ambassador
—–—–Foreign Ambassador
—–Related Diplomats:—Attaché
—–—–Chargé d’Affaires
—–—–Consul General
—–—–Consul Honorary
—–—–Deputy Chief of Mission
—–—–First Secretary
—–—–Second Secretary
—–—–Third Secretary


Not Finding Your Question Answered?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

— Robert Hickey

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