Minister of External Affairs (Vishwamitra)

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Minister of External Affairs
विदेश मंत्री
Coat of arms of Vishwamitra (2021).svg
Flag of Vishwamitra.svg
Escutcheon of Lord Rory McPhail.svg
Incumbent
Rory McPhail,
The Count of Griffith

since 22 November 2021
Ministry of External Affairs
StyleHis/Her Excellency (Formally)
Member of
Reports toPrime Minister
NominatorPrime Minister
AppointerRashtradhyaksh of Vishwamitra
on the recommendation of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
Formation10 July 2016; 4 years ago
First holderSaikat Seal

The Minister of External Affairs (commonly shortened to External Affairs Minister) is the minister in the Government of Vishwamitra who is responsible for overseeing the nation's international diplomacy and the foreign matters. The minister is the head of the Ministry of External Affairs. The first Minister of Foreign Affairs was Saikat Seal who was appointed as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for External Affairs on 10 July 2016 by then Prime Minister Dhrubajyoti Roy. The current Minister of External Affairs is Rory McPhail who was appointed on 22 November 2021.

The Minister of External Affairs is often assisted by a junior minister, titled as the Minister of State for External Affairs who acts as the deputy to the External Affairs Minister and the second highest office holder in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Role and duties

The minister is usually one of the most senior members of Cabinet and a member on the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). The minister is seen as one of the people most responsible for formulating Vishwamitra's foreign policy, as they along with other relevant ministers advise the Prime Minister in developing and implementing foreign policy, and also acts as the government's main spokesperson on international affairs issues. The minister is also the principal advisor to the Chief Ambassador and serves as the First Ambassador of Vishwamitra. The minister is also responsible in the appointment of diplomatic officials including ambassadors appointed to foreign nations and the consuls general of the nation.

List of ministers of external affairs

Fourteen individuals have served as the Minister of External Affairs since the establishment of the ministry on 10 July 2016. Out of those fourteen individuals, three served as a minister as an additional ministry during their tenure as the Prime Minister. The first occupant of the ministry served as a Minister of State (Independent charge) whilst the others hold cabinet rank during their tenure as Minister of External Affairs.

Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Title Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
Saikat-Seal.PNG Saikat Seal
(born 2006)
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of External Affairs 10 July 2016 18 September 2016 70 days Friends Society Secular Party Roy III Dhrubajyoti Roy
Asmi Patranabis
(born 2007)
Minister of External Affairs 18 September 2016 2 October 2016 14 days
Dhrubajyoti Roy (2010-2016).PNG Dhrubajyoti Roy
(born 2002)
(Prime Minister)
2 October 2016 30 December 2016 89 days
Arnab 20170929 190608.jpg Arnab Deka
(born 2002)
30 December 2016 12 April 2017 103 days Roy IV
Abhiraj Kar.jpg Abhiraj Kar
(born 2006)
12 April 2017 5 July 2017 84 days Friends Society Independent Party Baishya III Sarala Baishya
Portrait of Arnab Sil.png Arnab Sil
(born 2004)
5 July 2017 25 December 2017 312 days Friends Society Freedom Party Tanishkaa II Tanishkaa Patranabish
25 December 2017 21 March 2018 Roy V Dhrubajyoti Roy
21 March 2018 13 May 2018 Friends Societal Congress Roy VI
Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
Secretary of State 14 May 2018 12 October 2018 151 days Tanishkaa III Tanishkaa Patranabish
Abhiraj Kar.jpg Abhiraj Kar
(born 2006)
Minister of External Affairs 12 October 2018 6 January 2019 86 days Roy VII Dhrubajyoti Roy
Portrait of Arnab Sil.png Arnab Sil
(born 2004)
7 January 2019 17 March 2019 69 days Tanishkaa IV Tanishkaa Patranabish
17 March 2019 16 July 2019 Tanishkaa V
Official Portrait of Tanishkaa Patranabish (October 2018).jpg Tanishkaa Patranabish
(born 2004)
(Prime Minister)
16 July 2019 6 August 2019 21 days
Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
6 August 2019 29 September 2019 54 days
Ankurjyoti Thakuria.jpg Ankurjyoti Thakuria
(born 2002)
29 September 2019 8 November 2019 40 days
Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
8 November 2019 12 December 2019 34 days
Portrait of Anoushkaa Patranabish in 2018.jpg Anoushkaa Patranabish
(born 2010)
12 December 2019 10 January 2020 29 days
Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
10 January 2020 3 March 2020 53 days
Anirban Phatowali new photo.jpg Anirban Phatowali
(born 2009)
3 March 2020 9 March 2020 6 days National People's Congress Anoushkaa I Anoushkaa Patranabish
Ankurjyoti Thakuria.jpg Ankurjyoti Thakuria
(born 2002)
9 March 2020 22 March 2020 13 days
Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
22 March 2020 30 April 2020 39 days Tanishkaa VI Tanishkaa Patranabish
Asmi Patranabis
(born 2007)
13 May 2020 7 June 2020 25 days Tanishkaa VII
Dhrubajyoti Roy - Official Photo 1.jpg Dhrubajyoti Roy
(born 2002)
(Upa Rashtradhyaksh)
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations 8 June 2020 17 June 2020 9 days Independent Anoushkaa II Princess Anoushkaa
Ankurjyoti Thakuria.jpg Ankurjyoti Thakuria
(born 2002)
17 June 2020 16 September 2020 91 days National People's Congress
Nishwan Baidantic
(born 2001)
16 September 2020 1 October 2020 15 days
Abhiraj Kar.jpg Prince Abhiraj
(born 2006)
1 October 2020 3 October 2020 2 days
Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu Portrait.png Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
1st Duke of Pragjyotisha

(born 2004)
3 October 2020 28 January 2021 341 days Party of Progress and Prosperity
28 January 2021 1 March 2021 Independent Snagoveanu I Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
Minister of Foreign Affairs 6 March 2021 18 June 2021 National People's Congress Snagoveanu II
Minister of External Affairs 18 June 2021 9 September 2021
Portrait of Ned Voda.svg Ned Vodă
1st Baron Vodă

(born 2001)
11 September 2021 21 October 2021 88 days Hazarika I Farhaz Hazarika
First Minister Kenny.jpg Patrick Kenny
(born 2002)
21 October 2021 22 November 2021 48 days Independent Pillin Phillip Joseph Pillin
Escutcheon of Lord Rory McPhail.svg Rory McPhail
1st Count of Griffith

(born 2008)
22 November 2021 Incumbent 16 days National People's Congress Hazarika II Farhaz Hazarika