foreign affairs


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foreign affairs

pl.n.
Affairs concerning international relations and national interests in foreign countries.

foreign affairs

pl n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) matters abroad that involve the homeland, such as relations with another country
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) matters that do not involve the homeland

for′eign affairs′


n.
activities and affairs of a nation arising from its dealings with other nations.
[1605–15]
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Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs VICOMTE DE NANJAC, Attache at the French Embassy in London MR.
A state like this would ever be exposed to the invasions of those who were powerful and inclined to attack it; but, as has been already mentioned, its situation preserves it, as it is free from the inroads of foreigners; and for this reason the family slaves still remain quiet at Crete, while the Helots are perpetually revolting: for the Cretans take no part in foreign affairs, and it is but lately that any foreign troops have made an attack upon the island; and their ravages soon proved the ineffectualness of their laws.
The Duke paused, in his way across the crowded reception rooms, to speak to his host, Sir Edward Bransome, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
To be Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the greatest power which the world had as yet known must certainly seem, on paper, to be as brilliant a post as a man's ambition could covet.
You there see foreign affairs discussed in a manner little inferior to that with which they are handled in the coffee-houses; and domestic occurrences are much more largely and freely treated in the former than in the latter.
The truth was, that the prince, forgetting the undoubted right of the minister for foreign affairs to fall in love on his behalf, had, contrary to every precedent of policy and diplomacy, already fallen in love on his own account, and privately contracted himself unto the fair daughter of a noble Athenian.
His late Excellency, whom the august favour of his Imperial master had imposed as Ambassador upon several reluctant Ministers of Foreign Affairs, had enjoyed in his lifetime a fame for an owlish, pessimistic gullibility.
No sooner was a foreigner seen there than the Minister of Foreign Affairs, or some other great or small officer of state, went round to the Erbprinz and found out the name of the new arrival.
To the ministry of foreign affairs belonged the administration of justice, the household of the king, and all that concerned arts, sciences, and belles lettres.
That of John Jay was associated with them shortly after the peace, in the capacity of Secretary to the Congress for Foreign Affairs.
The Duke, his father, was at one time Secretary for Foreign Affairs.
During the meeting, which took place at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they reviewed aspects of cooperation between the two countries.

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