Unlike diplomatic agents, consular agents do not represent states in all their international relations and they are not accredited to the receiving state1. A consul renders in the territory of the receiving state only non-political and technical services for the sending state and its nationals and nationals of the receiving state. The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations lists a great variety of functions, the principal ones being:
(1) the protection and promotion of trade;
(2) the assistance to vessels and aircraft and their crews and aid in the inspection of ships in accordance with local health and sanitary laws;
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