Diplomatic illness is the practice amongst diplomats and government ministers of feigning illness, or another debilitating condition, to avoid engaging in diplomatic or social engagements.[1] The excuse of ill-health is designed to avoid formally offending the host or other parties.[2][3] The term also refers to the period during which the "diplomatic illness" is claimed to persist.


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  13. ^ Weiner, Rachel. "Allen West: Clinton Has 'Benghazi'; Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) Sees Something More Sinister Than a Stomach Virus in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Absence from Two Capitol Hill Hearings on the Attacks in Libya Thursday Morning." The Washington Post. December 20, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2016, from HighBeam Research.
  14. ^ "Hillary Clinton in Hospital after Blood Clot Discovered; Doctors Say It Stems from Concussion; She's Being Treated with Anticoagulants." The Seattle Times. December 31, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2016, from HighBeam Research.
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