Definition of Foreign Secretary in English:

Foreign Secretary


  • (in the UK) the government minister who heads the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

    ‘as foreign secretary, he played a crucial role in the peace settlement’
    • ‘You have said we accused the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and other ministers of lying.’
    • ‘The British Foreign Secretary has claimed that Britain is to blame for problems around the world due to its past colonial policy.’
    • ‘The countries' Foreign Secretaries will join the talks on the third day.’
    • ‘It was the intervention of his Foreign Secretary, Lord Halifax, which convinced him of the necessity of abandoning the policy.’
    • ‘And the Foreign Secretary turned his fire on Tory calls for a referendum on the constitution.’
    • ‘The former Foreign Secretary and leader of the House of Commons, was speaking during a visit to Nelson for a public question and answer session.’
    • ‘He had undertaken a correspondence with the Foreign Office on China and his ideas had impressed the new Foreign Secretary.’
    • ‘So it all dovetails rather neatly in this week's London conference, chaired by the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary.’
    • ‘On his first weekend in office as Foreign Secretary he promised an ethical foreign policy.’
    • ‘And that not only the Party Chairman must apologise but the Foreign Secretary and the Prime Minister himself.’
    • ‘At a private viewing on Friday the Foreign Secretary will be able to select his favourite self-image to keep, as a thank you gift.’
    • ‘Yes, there have been protestations of innocence from our own Foreign Secretary, and an outright denial from the President.’
    • ‘The previous Home Secretary - now the Foreign Secretary - was clear about the issue.’
    • ‘Although the Cabinet is collectively responsible for policy, much is actually left to the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary are extremely experienced politicians.’
    • ‘In fairness to the Foreign Secretary, the shift undertaken by ministers is one dictated by practicality.’
    • ‘It was in June this year that the Foreign Secretaries of both the countries met in New Delhi and discussed Peace and Security, confidence building measures and Jammu and Kashmir.’
    • ‘The Foreign Secretary was forced to drop sections of an address to parliament that warned of the dangers of being left out of the single currency.’
    • ‘He will be regarded as one of the great Foreign Secretaries, not just from the Labour Party, but of any party.’
    • ‘Not only did the Foreign Secretary require a lengthy recovery, but the Prime Minister himself soon suffered a stroke.’


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