Minister of External Affairs (Vishwamitra)

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Minister of External Affairs
विदेश मंत्री
Coat of arms of Vishwamitra (2021).svg
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Incumbent
Count Rafe Burfield

since 16 July 2022
Ministry of External Affairs
StyleThe Most Honourable
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 Dhrubajyoti Roy. The current Minister of External Affairs is Rafe Burfield who was appointed on 16 July 2022.

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 Dhrubajyoti Roy. 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 Dhrubajyoti Roy, 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 International Relations
  • Department of Diplomatic Relations
  • Department of Overseas Territories
  • Department of Foreign Trade
  • Diplomatic corps

List of ministers

Eighteen 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 Rafe Burfield who was appointed on 16 July 2022 and has previously served as the minister of state in the ministry.

Key
  • MoS, I/c means Minister of State (Independent charge)
Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
Ministers of External Affairs (10 July 2016 – 14 May 2018)
Saikat-Seal.PNG Saikat Seal
सैकत सील
(born 2006)
(MoS, I/c)
10 July
2016
18 September
2016
70 days Freedom Party Dhrubajyoti III Dhrubajyoti Roy
Woman without face.svg Asmi Patranabis
अस्मी पत्रनबिस
(born 2007)
18 September
2016
2 October
2016
14 days Secular Party
Dhrubajyoti Roy (2010-2016).PNG Dhrubajyoti Roy
ध्रुबज्योति रॉय
(born 2002)
(Prime Minister)
2 October
2016
30 December
2016
89 days
Arnab Deka in 2017.jpg Arnab Deka
अर्नब डेका
(born 2002)
30 December
2016
12 April
2017
103 days Dhrubajyoti IV
Photo of Abhiraj Kar.jpg Abhiraj Kar
अभिराज कर
(born 2006)
12 April
2017
5 July
2017
84 days Independent Party Sarala III Sarala Baishya
Portrait of Arnab Sil.png Arnab Sil
अर्नब सिल
(born 2004)
5 July
2017
25 December
2017
312 days Freedom Party Tanishkaa II Tanishkaa Patranabish
25 December
2017
21 March
2018
Dhrubajyoti V Dhrubajyoti Roy
21 March
2018
13 May
2018
Congress Dhrubajyoti VI
Secretaries of State (14 May – 12 October 2018)
Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
बिष्णु छेत्री
(born 2001)
14 May
2018
12 October
2018
151 days Congress Tanishkaa III Tanishkaa Patranabish
Dhrubajyoti Roy
Ministers of External Affairs (12 October 2018 – 17 June 2020)
Photo of Abhiraj Kar.jpg Abhiraj Kar
अभिराज कर
(born 2006)
12 October
2018
6 January
2019
86 days Congress Dhrubajyoti VII Dhrubajyoti Roy
Portrait of Arnab Sil.png Arnab Sil
अर्नब सिल
(born 2004)
7 January
2019
17 March
2019
190 days Tanishkaa IV Tanishkaa Patranabish
17 March
2019
16 July
2019
Tanishkaa V
Official Portrait of Tanishkaa Patranabish (October 2018).jpg Tanishkaa Patranabish
तनिष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2004)
(Prime Minister)
16 July
2019
6 August
2019
21 days
Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
बिष्णु छेत्री
(born 2001)
6 August
2019
29 September
2019
54 days
Ankurjyoti Thakuria.jpg Ankurjyoti Thakuria
अंकुरज्योति ठाकुरिया
(born 2002)
29 September
2019
8 November
2019
40 days
Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
बिष्णु छेत्री
(born 2001)
8 November
2019
12 December
2019
34 days
Portrait of Anoushkaa Patranabish in 2018.jpg Anoushkaa Patranabish
अनुष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2010)
12 December
2019
10 January
2020
29 days
Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
बिष्णु छेत्री
(born 2001)
10 January
2020
3 March
2020
53 days
Anirban Phatowali new photo.jpg Anirban Phatowali
अनिर्बान फतोवाली
(born 2009)
3 March
2020
9 March
2020
6 days Congress Anoushkaa I Anoushkaa Patranabish
Ankurjyoti Thakuria.jpg Ankurjyoti Thakuria
अंकुरज्योति ठाकुरिया
(born 2002)
9 March
2020
22 March
2020
13 days
Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
बिष्णु छेत्री
(born 2001)
22 March
2020
30 April
2020
39 days Tanishkaa VI Tanishkaa Patranabish
Position vacant between 1 May and 13 May 2020.
Woman without face.svg Asmi Patranabis
अस्मी पत्रनबिस
(born 2007)
13 May
2020
7 June
2020
25 days Congress Tanishkaa VII Tanishkaa Patranabish
Dhrubajyoti Roy in October 2021 (cropped).jpg Uparashtradhyaksh
Dhrubajyoti Roy
उपराष्ट्राध्यक्ष ध्रुबज्योति रॉय
(born 2002)
(Advisor on Foreign Affairs)
8 June
2020
17 June
2020
9 days Independent Anoushkaa II Princess
Anoushkaa
Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Relations (17 June – 1 March 2021)
Ankurjyoti Thakuria.jpg Ankurjyoti Thakuria
अंकुरज्योति ठाकुरिया
(born 2002)
17 June
2020
16 September
2020
91 days Congress Anoushkaa II Princess
Anoushkaa
Man without face.svg Nishwan Baidantic
निश्वान बैदांतिक
(born 2001)
16 September
2020
1 October
2020
15 days
Photo of Abhiraj Kar.jpg Senior Prince
Abhiraj

वरिष्ठराजकुमार अभिराज
(born 2006)
1 October
2020
3 October
2020
2 days
Portrait of Stefan Marius Snagoveanu (Vishwamitra).png Duke
Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu

स्टेफन मारियस स्नागोवेनु
(born 2004)
3 October
2020
28 January
2021
149 days Party of Progress and Prosperity
28 January
2021
1 March
2021
Independent Ștefan I Self
Position vacant between 1 March and 5 March 2021.
Ministers of Foreign Affairs (6 March – 18 June 2021)
Portrait of Stefan Marius Snagoveanu (Vishwamitra).png Duke
Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu

स्टेफन मारियस स्नागोवेनु
(born 2004)
(Prime Minister)
6 March
2021
18 June
2021
104 days Congress Ștefan II Self
Ministers of External Affairs (18 June 2021 – present)
Portrait of Stefan Marius Snagoveanu (Vishwamitra).png Duke
Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu

स्टेफन मारियस स्नागोवेनु
(born 2004)
(Prime Minister)
18 June
2021
11 September
2021
85 days Congress Ștefan II Self
Portrait of Ned Voda.svg Baron
Ned Vodă

नेड वोडा
(born 2001)
11 September
2021
21 October
2021
40 days Farhaz I Duke
Farhaz Hazarika
First Minister Kenny.jpg Patrick Kenny
पैट्रिक केनी
(born 2002)
21 October
2021
22 November
2021
32 days Independent Phillip Count
Phillip Joseph Pillin
Man without face.svg Count
Rory McPhail

रोरी मैकफैल
(born 2007)
22 November
2021
15 January
2022
54 days Congress Farhaz II Duke
Farhaz Hazarika
Portait michal (3).jpg Duke
Michal Nowacki

मिशल नोवाकी
(born 2003)
15 January
2022
17 March
2022
1 year, 61 days
Dhrubajyoti Roy in October 2021 (cropped).jpg Rashtradhyaksh
Dhrubajyoti Roy
राष्ट्राध्यक्ष ध्रुबज्योति रॉय
(born 2002)
17 March
2022
12 May
2022
56 days Independent
Man without face.svg Count
Tyler Mullins

टायलर मुलिंस
(born 1997)
(Advisor to the Government)
Congress
MunroePortrait2021.jpg Liam Alexander
लियाम अलेक्जेंडर
(born 2005)
12 May
2022
13 July
2022
(on leave from 9 July)
62 days Independent Farhaz III
Man without face.svg Arthur Lacey-Scott
आर्थर लेसी-स्कॉट
(born 2002)
(Additional charge)[a]
9 July
2022
16 July
2022
7 days
Burfield-August 2022.jpg Count
Rafe Burfield

राफे बरफ़ील्ड
(born 2005)
16 July
2022
11 November
2022
203 days
12 November
2022
Incumbent Congress Farhaz IV

Notes

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