However, the impression from the sidelines is that the diplomatic core is still bloated, anachronistic and not fit for purpose for the 21st century.
For example, we have more than 700 diplomats in Pakistan – but not one of them was made available to assist in the repatriation of the body of Paul McBride, QC. It is hard to imagine what activities took priority over this.
MICHAEL N CROSBY
Muiravonside, By Linlithgow