Telephone diplomacy

The term ‘telephone diplomacy’ describes the use of telephone calls between leaders or diplomats of several nations to conduct diplomatic negotiations, cover significant global problems, or settle disputes. It is a method of diplomatic communication that enables leaders to connect with one another swiftly and effectively without the need for traditional diplomatic channels or face-to-face meetings.

When immediate communication is required during crises or catastrophes, when leaders need to exchange information or clarify their positions on certain subjects, and in a number of other circumstances, telephone diplomacy is utilised. Also, it is a helpful instrument for fostering and enhancing diplomatic ties and for sustaining frequent communication between nations.

Overall, telephone diplomacy has grown to be a significant aspect of contemporary diplomatic practice and is frequently used in conjunction with more conventional diplomatic techniques, including official visits, summits, and discussions.

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