- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Diplomats from around the world are getting a close look at New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

The Diplomatic Observer program invites diplomats posted to the U.S. to visit New Hampshire in the days leading up to the primary to meet candidates and convey to their governments what they have learned. This year, participants include diplomats from Sweden, New Zealand, Netherlands, Australia, Ireland, Japan and Hungary.

From Feb. 5-7, the group will spend three days attending rallies, campaign briefings and political party dinners, and visiting campaign headquarters. The primary is set for Feb. 9.

The program is managed by George Bruno, former U.S. ambassador to Belize, and Philip James Walker, a former foreign service officer from Dunbarton. Program partners include the Center for Civic Engagement at New England College, the University of New Hampshire Center for International Education, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College and the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

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