Foreign minister

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Foreign ministers meeting of the G8 countries in 2007

The foreign minister is a member of the government of a sovereign state. He is the main person in charge of implementing a country's foreign policy .

In addition, the foreign minister is the highest representative of a state alongside the head of government and is addressed as His Excellency (SE) outside his country . In the field of international relations , he is generally regarded as the fully authorized representative of his country.

With 40 years of service (1975-2015), Saud ibn Faisal was the longest in office as Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (as of 2017).

European states and EU


In Germany the official name is Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs , he heads the Foreign Office . Heiko Maas ( SPD ) has been Foreign Minister in the Merkel IV cabinet since March 14, 2018 .


The official name in Austria is currently Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs , he heads the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA). The incumbent minister since June 2019 has been the non-party Alexander Schallenberg .


In Italy , the official name of the Minister for Foreign Affairs responsible for foreign policy is Ministro degli Affari Esteri . Luigi Di Maio ( Movimento 5 Stelle ) has been the incumbent since September 2019 .

European Union

In the European Union the official name is High Representative of the EU for Foreign and Security Policy , he heads the European External Action Service . Josep Borrell has been the incumbent since December 2019 .

Other states


In Switzerland , the name of the member of the government who is in charge of foreign policy is the Department of Foreign Affairs , Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs . Ignazio Cassis ( FDP ) has been the incumbent Federal Councilor since November 2017 .


In the Principality of Liechtenstein , Government Councilor Katrin Eggenberger ( FBP ) is responsible for the foreign affairs, justice and culture departments.

United States

In the United States, the head of the State Department , the Secretary of State , is responsible for foreign policy. He is the highest ranking member of the cabinet. Mike Pompeo ( Republican Party ) has been Secretary of State since April 26, 2018 .


In Turkey, the official name is Dışişleri Bakanı (German: Minister for Foreign Affairs), he heads the Dışişleri Bakanlığı (German: Ministry of Foreign Affairs). The current official has been Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in the Yildirim cabinet of the AKP since November 24, 2015 .

See also

Web links

Wiktionary: Foreign Minister  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. dpa: The new commissioners: From old hands and newcomers - the new EU Commission . In: The time . November 27, 2019, ISSN  0044-2070 ( [accessed December 1, 2019]).