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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)

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

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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 expresses concern at Israeli legislation on Non-Governmental Organisations

News, 07 Dec 2011
Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken after proposals in the Israeli Knesset to pass legislation that would restrict foreign funding to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

Foreign Secretary condemns sectarian attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq

News, 06 Dec 2011
Foreign Secretary William Hague said he is shocked by the attacks on 5 & 6 December in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Foreign Secretary welcomes Bonn blueprint for long-term engagement with Afghanistan

News, 05 Dec 2011
The Bonn Conference on Afghanistan established a blueprint for the international community's long term engagement with Afghanistan beyond 2014.

Afghanistan: The international community's commitment at Bonn and beyond

News, 05 Dec 2011
Foreign Secretary William Hague writes about how a stable Afghanistan means fewer threats to us all, and why the conference in Bonn offers a critical moment for the international community.

Foreign Secretary welcomes strong EU action on Iran

News, 01 Dec 2011
Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomes the EU’s decision to intensify pressure on Iran by sanctioning another 180 individuals and entities.