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I've read a news article where my president (of Portugal) is interviewed while in the UN headquarters and, when asked about a judicial investigation in course in my country, he told that he will not comment that "while out of Portugal".

This attitude of don't talk about internal affairs while abroad is something politicians made for some specific reason, or may be simply a sort of trick to avoid the question? If that is a common behavior, what is the reason?

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    This is far from universal. Spanish PMs do often talk about internal affairs while abroad; sometimes refering to the host country policies. For example a day or two ago Spanish PM was comparing Catalonia to Quebec while in Canada. Some opinion piece I did read a long time ago told that it was due to the media sending abroad (in the PM's plane) the same reporters that did cover the government locally, so the reporters did ask about the subjects they were familiar with. – SJuan76 Sep 25 '18 at 20:25
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    Sometimes you can't get certain politicians to stop talking about what's happening at home. You can't seem to make them aware that there are other countries. – user21424 Sep 25 '18 at 21:09
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It is somewhat common, I would say.

The tradition is that both the government and (when applicable) the opposition look out for the best interest of the country while abroad, above "petty" party politics. If one accepts that, then it would be "unfair" by government representatives abroad to interfere with domestic political debates. After all, any reply by the opposition would undercut a representative of the country abroad.

Within Europe that is somewhat fraying with the slow development of effective European political parties. But that does not apply in New York.

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Don't air dirty laundry in public

Your country is like your extended family. You don't discuss family problems with total strangers, or even worse potential opponents who could exploit your weakness . Criticizing your own country abroad is considered a bad form. No matter what you think about your countrymen, they are still your countrymen. Things that bound you are much stronger then temporary and accidental connections you may have with some foreigners. Additionally, complaining about domestic problems could sound like invitation for foreign powers to interfere in your local affairs, pushing their own interest and undermining sovereignty of your country.

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    This post is only based on "common sense"; it contains vague similarities and it has nothing to do about politics or political processes, so it barely answers any question here at Politics.SE. – bytebuster for Long Usernames Oct 2 '18 at 0:13

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