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Lack of languages in embassies

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Edited by Patrick Andrews, Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011, 12:00

Patricularly interesting part is

" It is worth mentioning that, of these examples, only the Luxembourg business was conducted mainly in English. I was dismayed to learn recently that neither the Middle East director in the Foreign Office nor two of our ambassadors in important Gulf countries can speak Arabic."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/jul/22/ambassadors-relations-diplomacy-cameron

This does seem to show a lack of awareness of the importance of languages among the people in power.

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