Minister of External Affairs (Vishwamitra)

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Minister of External Affairs
विदेश मंत्री
Incumbent
Arthur Lacey-Scott-FitzLacia

since 18 March 2023
Ministry of External Affairs
StyleThe Most Honourable (formal)
His/Her Excellency (international correspondence)
AbbreviationMEA
Member of
Reports toRashtradhyaksh
Prime Minister
NominatorPrime Minister
AppointerRashtradhyaksh
on the recommendation of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
Formation10 July 2016; 4 years ago
First holderSaikat Seal
DeputyMinister of State for External Affairs

The Minister of External Affairs (Hindi: विदेश मंत्री), commonly shortened to External Affairs Minister is the minister in the Cabinet of Vishwamitra who is responsible for overseeing the Vishwamitra's international affairs 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 Varuna Sriraya. The current Minister of External Affairs is Arthur Lacey-Scott-FitzLacia, the Second Deputy Prime Minister who was appointed on 18 March 2023.

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.

Between 2020 and 2021, the office was called the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs as a merger of the independent ministries of External Affairs and International Relations.

History of office

The Minister of External Affairs has been the head of the Ministry of External Affairs since its formation on 10 July 2016 under prime minister Varuna Sriraya. The first minister was Saikat Seal who is till date the only minister of external affairs who did not hold a cabinet rank. He was appointed as a minister of state with independent charge. Following his appointment as Governor of North Guwahati on 18 September 2016, he was succeeded by Asmi Patranabis as the Minister of External Affairs who was a minister with cabinet rank. Often prime ministers like Varuna Sriraya, Tanishkaa Patranabish, Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu simultaneously served as the ministers of external affairs.

Arnab Sil holds the distinction of being the longest serving external affairs minister for 381 days in his two non-consecutive terms in the ministry while Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu was the first non-local minister of external affairs who was first appointed to the ministry in October 2020 by prime minister Anoushkaa Patranabish and continued to hold the position under his premiership.

The ministers have often been referred through various titles. From the inception of the ministry till 13 May 2018, the minister was referred to as the Minister of External Affairs. In the coup cabinet of Tanishkaa Patranabish, then external affairs minister Bishnu Chetry was titled as Secretary of State. In the post-coup governments until the establishment of the monarchy in June 2020, the minister was titled again as Minister of External Affairs. On 8 June 2020, the position was renamed to that of Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations which was again renamed on 6 March 2021 as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. On 18 June 2021, the ministry was again renamed back to its initial name. The minister has since then been named as the Minister 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 Rashtradhyaksh on matters on foreign affairs 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.

The minister along with their deputy, the minister of state for external affairs, preside over the following departments and agencies which fall under the jurisdiction of the ministry:

  • Department of Diplomatic Relations
  • Department of Foreign Trade
  • Department of International Relations
  • Diplomatic corps

List of ministers

Nineteen 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. The first occupant of the office was Saikat Seal while the current minister is Arthur Lacey-Scott-FitzLacia who was appointed on 18 March 2023.

Key
  • MoS, I/C means Minister of State (Independent Charge)
No. Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Constituency
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
Minister of External Affairs
1 File:Saikat-Seal.PNG Saikat Seal
(born 2006)
(MoS, I/C)
10 July
2016
18 September
2016
70 days Freedom Party Varuna III Varuna Sriraya
2 Asmi Patranabis
(born 2007)
18 September
2016
2 October
2016
14 days Secular Party
3 File:Birthday Portrait of Rashtradhyaksh Varuna Sriraya (cropped).jpg Varuna Sriraya
(born 2002)
(Prime Minister)
2 October
2016
30 December
2016
89 days
4 File:Arnab Deka in 2017.jpg Arnab Deka
अर्नब डेका
(born 2002)
30 December
2016
12 April
2017
103 days Varuna IV
5 File:Photo of Abhiraj Kar.jpg Abhiraj Kar
(born 2006)
12 April
2017
5 July
2017
84 days Independent Party Sarala III Sarala Baishya
6 File:Portrait of Arnab Sil.png Arnab Sil
(born 2004)
5 July
2017
25 December
2017
312 days Freedom Party Tanishkaa II Tanishkaa Patranabish
25 December
2017
21 March
2018
Varuna V Varuna Sriraya
21 March
2018
13 May
2018
Congress Varuna VI
Secretary of State
7 File:Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
14 May
2018
12 October
2018
151 days Congress Tanishkaa III Tanishkaa Patranabish
Varuna Sriraya
Minister of External Affairs
(5) File:Photo of Abhiraj Kar.jpg Abhiraj Kar
(born 2006)
12 October
2018
6 January
2019
86 days Congress Varuna VII Varuna Sriraya
(6) File:Portrait of Arnab Sil.png Arnab Sil
(born 2004)
7 January
2019
17 March
2019
190 days Tanishkaa IV Tanishkaa Patranabish
17 March
2019
16 July
2019
Tanishkaa V
8 File:Official Portrait of Tanishkaa Patranabish (October 2018).jpg Tanishkaa Patranabish
(born 2004)
(Prime Minister)
16 July
2019
6 August
2019
21 days
(7) File:Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
6 August
2019
29 September
2019
54 days
9 File:Ankurjyoti Thakuria.jpg Ankurjyoti Thakuria
अंकुरज्योति ठाकुरिया
(born 2002)
29 September
2019
8 November
2019
40 days
(7) File:Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
8 November
2019
12 December
2019
34 days
10 File:Portrait of Anoushkaa Patranabish in 2018.jpg Anoushkaa Patranabish
(born 2010)
12 December
2019
10 January
2020
29 days
(7) File:Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
10 January
2020
3 March
2020
53 days
11 File:Anirban Phatowali new photo.jpg Anirban Phatowali
(born 2009)
Unelected
3 March
2020
9 March
2020
6 days Congress Anoushkaa I Anoushkaa Patranabish
(9) File:Ankurjyoti Thakuria.jpg Ankurjyoti Thakuria
(born 2002)
9 March
2020
22 March
2020
13 days
(7) File:Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
MP for Kalapani
22 March
2020
30 April
2020
39 days Tanishkaa VI Tanishkaa Patranabish
(2) Asmi Patranabis
(born 2007)
Nominated MP
13 May
2020
7 June
2020
25 days Tanishkaa VII Tanishkaa Patranabish
Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs
(3) File:Birthday Portrait of Rashtradhyaksh Varuna Sriraya (cropped).jpg Varuna Sriraya
(born 2002)
(Uparashtradhyaksh)
8 June
2020
17 June
2020
9 days Independent Anoushkaa II Princess Anoushkaa
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations
(9) File:Ankurjyoti Thakuria.jpg Ankurjyoti Thakuria
(born 2002)
MP for Dadara
17 June
2020
16 September
2020
91 days Congress Anoushkaa II Princess Anoushkaa
12 Nishwan Baidantic
(born 2001)
MP for Dhirenpara
16 September
2020
1 October
2020
15 days
(5) File:Photo of Abhiraj Kar.jpg Prince Abhiraj
(born 2006)
MP for Bharat Sevashram
1 October
2020
3 October
2020
2 days
13 Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
(born 2004)
Unelected

(Prime Minister from 28 January 2021)
3 October
2020
28 January
2021
149 days Party of Progress and Prosperity
28 January
2021
1 March
2021
Independent Ștefan I Self
Minister of Foreign Affairs
(13) Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
(born 2004)
MP for Rajagriha

(Prime Minister)
6 March
2021
18 June
2021
104 days Congress Ștefan II Self
Minister of External Affairs
(13) Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
(born 2004)
MP for Rajagriha

(Prime Minister)
18 June
2021
9 September
2021
83 days Congress Ștefan II Self
14 Ested Vlasyn
(born 2001)
MP for National List
11 September
2021
21 October
2021
40 days Farhaz I Farhaz Hazarika
15 Patrick Kenny
(born 2002)
Unelected
21 October
2021
22 November
2021
32 days Independent Phillip Phillip Joseph Pillin
16 Lieutenant General
Rory Leonard
(born 2007)
MP for Kalapani
22 November
2021
15 January
2022
54 days Congress Farhaz II Farhaz Hazarika
17 Michal Nowacki
(born 2003)
Councillor for Purvanchal
15 January
2022
17 March
2022
1 year, 61 days
(3) File:Birthday Portrait of Rashtradhyaksh Varuna Sriraya (cropped).jpg His Illustrious and Royal Majesty
Varuna Sriraya,
Rashtradhyaksh

(born 2002)
17 March
2022
12 May
2022
56 days Independent
Tyler Mullins
(born 1997)
MP for Bhetapara

(Advisor to the Government)
Congress
18 Liam Alexander
(born 2005)
MP for Gotanagar
12 May
2022
13 July
2022
(on leave from 9 July)
62 days Independent Farhaz III
Arthur Lacey-Scott-FitzLacia
(born 2002)
MP for Basistha Central

(Additional charge)[a]
9 July
2022
16 July
2022
7 days
19 Rafe Burfield
(born 2005)
MP for Chandril
16 July
2022
11 November
2022
245 days
12 November
2022
18 March
2023
Congress Farhaz IV
20 Arthur Lacey-Scott-FitzLacia
(born 2002)
MP for Kalapani
18 March
2023
9 October
2023
346 days
13 October
2023
Incumbent Farhaz V

Notes

  1. Parliamentary Affairs, Law and Justice minister Arthur Lacey-Scott-FitzLacia was assigned the additional duties of the Minister of External Affairs for the period of leave of absence of Liam Alexander.

See also