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The Foreign Secretary

The Foreign Secretary

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, also known as the Foreign Secretary, is a member of the Cabinet and is in charge of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The FCO is the Government department responsible for conducting British foreign policy, handling diplomatic relations with all independent foreign and Commonwealth countries and administering the UK's Dependent Territories.

The Foreign Secretary is supported in his duties by a team of six ministers, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Jeremy Browne MP, Alistair Burt MP, Henry Bellingham MP, the Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford and Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint.

Foreign Secretary William Hague outside the Houses of Parliament (© Getty images)

About the Foreign Secretary

William Hague was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on 12 May 2010. Find out more about his role and responsibilities.

Foreign Secretary William Hague delivering a speech at the UN (© Getty images)

Latest speeches

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Foreign Secretary William Hague being filmed by the media (© Getty images)

Video blog

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Foreign Secretary William Hague answering questions via twitter (© Crown)


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Recent visits

Foreign Secretary William Hague travelling to Afghanistan (© Crown copyright)

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Foreign Secretary to hold Twitter Q&A on the London Conference on Cyberspace

News, 04 Oct 2011
Tweet your views and questions on the key issues that should be addressed at the London Conference using the hashtag #AskFS. The Foreign Secretary will respond via Twitter on Thursday 6 October.

Foreign Secretary on the reported death of Anwar al-Awlaki

News, 30 Sep 2011
Foreign Secretary William Hague says the death is a blow to Al Qaeda.

Foreign Secretary meets Syrian activists

News, 29 Sep 2011
Foreign Secretary William Hague and Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt met Syrian human rights activist Catherine al-Talli and opposition member Bassam Ishak on Thursday 29 September.

Foreign Secretary concerned by sentences in Bahrain

News, 29 Sep 2011
Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that he is concerned about sentences handed out by a Special Tribunal in Bahrain.

Foreign Secretary calls on Iran to overturn Iranian Church leader's death sentence

News, 28 Sep 2011
Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken following reports that Iranian Church Leader Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani faces a death sentence after refusing an order to recant his faith.