Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Chile)

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile (Spanish: Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores) is the cabinet-level administrative office in charge of planning, directing, coordinating, executing, controlling and informing the foreign policy formulated by the President of Chile. It is located in the "José Miguel Carrera" building at Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square), in downtown Santiago.

The present Minister of Foreign Affairs (who is also known colloquially as Chancellor) is Alfredo Moreno Charme.

History[edit]

The office was first organized in 1812, during the War of Independence, under the name of Foreign Affairs Secretariat. It was abolished in 1814, after the Battle of Rancagua, when the Spanish government was re-established.

In 1818, after independence, the secretariat was re-established, but this time as a dependency of the Ministry of the Interior, which at that time was named "Ministry of Government and Foreign Affairs" (1818 - 1824) or "Ministry of the Interior and Foreign Affairs" (1824 - 1871). In 1871 is established as a separate government entity.

Since its current creation in 1871, it has undergone different reorganizations, reflected in its different names:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Colonization 1871-1887
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cult 1887-1896
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cult and Colonization 1896-1924
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1924-1929, and again since 1941
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Commerce 1930-1941

Titulars[edit]

Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Colonization[edit]

Picture Name Entered Office Exited Office Notes Appointed by
Adolfo Ibáñez Gutiérrez.jpg Adolfo Ibáñez Gutiérrez 1871 1875 Federico Errázuriz Zañartu
Enrique Cood.jpg Enrique Cood Ross 1875 1876
José Alfonso Cavada 1876 1878 Aníbal Pinto
Alejandro Fierro Pérez 1878 1879
DomingoSantaMariaG.jpg Domingo Santa María González 1879 1879
MLAmunategui.png Miguel Luis Amunátegui Aldunate 1879 1880
Melquiades Valderrama Sáenz de la Peña 1880 1881
JMBalmacedaF.jpg José Manuel Balmaceda Fernández 1881 1882 Domingo Santa María
Luis Aldunate Carrera 1882 1884
Aniceto Vergara Albano 1884 1885
AZanartuZ.jpg Aníbal Zañartu Zañartu 1885 1886
Joaquín Godoy Cruz 1886 1886 José Manuel Balmaceda
FranciscoFreireCaldera.jpg Francisco Freire Caldera 1886 1887

Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Cult[edit]

Picture Name Entered Office Exited Office Notes Appointed by
MLAmunategui.png Miguel Luis Amunátegui Aldunate 1887 1888 José Manuel Balmaceda
AugustoMattePerez.jpg Augusto Matte Pérez 1888 1888
Demetrio Lastarria Villareal 1888 1889
Mariano Sánchez Fontecilla 1889 1889
EduardoMattePerez.jpg Eduardo Matte Pérez 1889 1890
Juan Castellón Larenas 1890 1890
Juan Eduardo Mackenna Astorga 1890 1890
José Tocornal Jordán 1890 1891
Domingo Godoy Cruz 1891 1891
RicardoCruzatHurtado.jpg Ricardo Cruzat Hurtado 1891 1891
Manuel María Aldunate Solar 1891 August 29, 1891
MAntonioMatta.jpg Manuel Antonio Matta Goyenechea September 7, 1891 December 26, 1891 Revolutionary Junta of Iquique
Luis Pereira Cotapos December 26, 1891 1892 Jorge Montt
Juan Castellón Larenas 1892 1892
IsidoroErrazurizErrazuriz.jpg Isidoro Errázuriz Errázuriz 1892 1893
VenturaBlancoViel.jpg Ventura Blanco Viel 1893 1894
Mariano Sánchez Fontecilla 1894 1894
LBarrosBorgono.jpg Luis Barros Borgoño 1894 1895
ClaudioMattePerez.jpg Claudio Matte Pérez 1895 1895
Adolfo Guerrero Vergara 1895 September 18, 1896

Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Cult and Colonization[edit]

Picture Name Entered Office Exited Office Notes Appointed by
Enrique de Putrón Cavareda 18 September 1896 1896 Federico Errázuriz Echaurren
Carlos Morla Vicuña 1896 1897
RaimundoSilvaCruz.jpg Raimundo Silva Cruz 1897 1898
JJLatorreB.jpg Juan José Latorre Benavente 1898 1898
VenturaBlancoViel.jpg Ventura Blanco Viel 1898 1899
FedericoPugaBorne.jpg Federico Puga Borne 1899 1899
RVErrazurizU.jpg Rafael Valentín Errázuriz Urmeneta 1899 1899
ManuelSalinasG.jpg Manuel Salinas González 1899 1900
EmilioBelloCodesido.jpg Emilio Bello Codecido 1900 1900
RaimundoSilvaCruz.jpg Raimundo Silva Cruz 1900 1901
LMartinianoRodriguezH.jpg Luis Martiniano Rodríguez Herrera 1901 18 September 1901 Appointed by
Reappointed by Aníbal Zañartu
EYanezPonce.jpg Eliodoro Yáñez Ponce de León 18 September 1901 1902 Germán Riesco
Horacio Pinto Agüero 1902 1902
José Francisco Vergara Donoso 1902 1903
Máximo Del Campo Yávar 1903 1903
AEdwardsMacClure.jpg Agustín Edwards Mac Clure 1903 1903
RSotomayorGaete.jpg Rafael Sotomayor Gaete 1903 1904
EmilioBelloCodesido.jpg Emilio Bello Codecido 1904 1904
Adolfo Guerrero Vergara 1904 1904
RaimundoSilvaCruz.jpg Raimundo Silva Cruz 1904 1904
Luis Antonio Vergara Ruíz 1904 1905
AEdwardsMacClure.jpg Agustín Edwards Mac Clure 1905 1905
FedericoPugaBorne.jpg Federico Puga Borne 1905 1906
Santiago Aldunate Bascuñán 1906 1906
AntonioHuneeusGana.jpg Antonio Huneeus Gana 1906 18 September 1906
Ricardo Salas Edwards 18 September 1906 1907 Pedro Montt
FedericoPugaBorne.jpg Federico Puga Borne 1907 1908
JRBalmaceda.jpg José Rafael Balmaceda Fernández 1908 1909
AEdwardsMacClure.jpg Agustín Edwards Mac Clure 1909 1910
Luis Izquierdo Fredes 1910 23 December 1910
Rafael Orrego González 23 December 1910 1911 Ramón Barros Luco
Enrique Rodríguez Carmona 1911 1912
JoaquinFigueroaL.jpg Joaquín Figueroa Larraín 1912 1912
AntonioHuneeusGana.jpg Antonio Huneeus Gana 1912 1912
Renato Sánchez García de la Huerta 1912 1913
Enrique Villegas Echiburú 1913 1914
Alejandro Lira Lira 1914 1914
ManuelSalinasG.jpg Manuel Salinas González 1914 1915
Rafael Orrego Gónzalez 1915 23 December 1915
RSubercaseauxV.jpg Ramón Subercaseaux Vicuña 23 December 1915 27 April 1916 Juan Luis Sanfuentes
Silvestre Ochagavía Echaurren 27 April 1916 1 July 1916
Juan Enrique Tocornal Doursther July 1, 1916 November 20, 1916
Alamiro Huidobro Valdés November 20, 1916 July 14, 1917
ArturoBesaNavarro.jpg Arturo Besa Navarro July 14, 1917 October 13, 1917
Eduardo Suárez Mujica 2.jpg Eduardo Suárez Mujica October 13, 1917 January 18, 1918
Guillermo Pereira Iñiguez January 18, 1918 April 22, 1918
Daniel Feliú Manterola April 22, 1918 September 6, 1918
Ruperto Bahamonde Rivera September 6, 1918 November 28, 1918
LBarrosBorgono.jpg Luis Barros Borgoño November 28, 1918 November 8, 1919
Alamiro Huidobro Valdés November 8, 1919 March 29, 1920
AntonioHuneeusGana.jpg Antonio Huneeus Gana March 29, 1920 July 1, 1920
Luis Aldunate Echeverría July 1, 1920 December 23, 1920
JMatteGormaz.jpg Jorge Matte Gormaz December 23, 1920 1921 Arturo Alessandri
Ernesto Barros Jarpa 1921 1922
Samuel Claro Lastarria 1922 October 16, 1922
CarlosAldunateSolar.jpg Carlos Aldunate Solar October 16, 1922 December 21, 1922
Luis Izquierdo Fredes December 21, 1922 1923
Pedro Rivas Vicuña 1923 1923
EmilioBelloCodesido.jpg Emilio Bello Codecido 1923 1923
ArmandoJaramillo.jpg Armando Jaramillo Valderrama 1923 1924
Roberto Sánchez García de la Huerta 1924 14 March 1924
GGallardoN.jpg Galvarino Gallardo Nieto 14 March 1924 20 July 1924
Ramón Briones Luco 20 July 1924 1924
EmilioBelloCodesido.jpg Emilio Bello Codecido 1924 12 September 1924

Ministers of Foreign Affairs (First Creation)[edit]

Picture Name Entered Office Exited Office Notes Appointed by
CarlosAldunateSolar.jpg Carlos Aldunate Solar September 12, 1924 January 23, 1925 September Junta
JMatteGormaz.jpg Jorge Matte Gormaz January 29, 1925 October 13, 1925 January Junta
Ernesto Barros Jarpa October 13, 1925 December 23, 1925 Luis Barros Borgoño
BeltranMathieuAndrews.jpg Beltrán Mathieu Andrews December 23, 1925 August 2, 1926 Emiliano Figueroa
AntonioHuneeusGana.jpg Antonio Huneeus Gana August 2, 1926 November 20, 1926
JMatteGormaz.jpg Jorge Matte Gormaz November 20, 1926 February 22, 1927
Conrado Ríos Gallardo February 22, 1927 September 3, 1929

Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Commerce[edit]

Picture Name Entered Office Exited Office Notes Appointed by
Manuel Barros Castañón 3 September 1929 27 April 1931 Carlos Ibáñez del Campo
Antonio Planet Cordero 27 April 1931 13 July 1931
CarlosAldunateErrazuriz.jpg Carlos Aldunate Errázuriz 13 July 1931 22 July 1931
Guillermo Edwards Matte 22 July 1931 23 July 1931
AEdwardsV.jpg Alberto Edwards Vives 23 July 1931 26 July 1931
CBalmacedaSaavedra.jpg Carlos Balmaceda Saavedra 26 July 1931 3 September 1931 Appointed by Pedro Opazo
Reappointed by Juan Esteban Montero
Reappointed by Manuel Trucco
Luis Izquierdo Fredes 3 September 1931 15 November 1931
CBalmacedaSaavedra.jpg Carlos Balmaceda Saavedra 15 November 1931 5 June 1932 Juan Esteban Montero
Luis Barriga Errázuriz 5 June 1932 3 October 1932 Appointed by Socialist Junta
Reappointed by Carlos Dávila
Reappointed by Bartolomé Blanche
JMatteGormaz.jpg Jorge Matte Gormaz 3 October 1932 24 December 1932 Abraham Oyanedel
Miguel Cruchaga Tocornal 24 December 1932 14 February 1937 Arturo Alessandri
GustavoRossSantaMaria.jpg Gustavo Ross Santa María 14 February 1937 24 March 1937
José Ramón Gutiérrez Allende 24 March 1937 15 September 1938
Luis Arteaga García 15 September 1938 24 December 1938
Abraham Ortega Aguayo 24 December 1938 8 February 1940 Pedro Aguirre Cerda
Cristóbal Sáenz Cerda 8 February 1940 30 July 1940
Marcial Mora Miranda.jpg Marcial Mora Miranda 30 July 1940 7 November 1940
Manuel Bianchi Gundián 7 November 1940 26 March 1941
Luis Alamos Barros 26 March 1941 10 June 1941
Juan Bautista Rossetti Colombino 10 June 1941 2 April 1942

Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Second creation)[edit]

Picture Name Entered Office Exited Office Notes Appointed by
Ernesto Barros Jarpa April 2, 1942 October 21, 1942 Juan Antonio Ríos
Joaquín Fernández y Fernández October 21, 1942 November 3, 1946
Raúl Juliet Gomez November 3, 1946 August 2, 1947 Gabriel González Videla
Germán Vergara Donoso August 2, 1947 July 6, 1948
Germán Ignacio Riesco Errázuriz July 7, 1948 February 27, 1950
Horacio Walker Larraín February 27, 1950 June 19, 1951
Eduardo Irarrázabal Concha June 19, 1951 July 29, 1952
Fernando García Oldini July 29, 1952 November 3, 1952
Arturo Olavarría Bravo November 3, 1952 1952 Carlos Ibáñez del Campo
Oscar Fenner Marín 1953 1954
Roberto Aldunate León 1954 January 15, 1954
Tobías Barros Ortiz January 15, 1954 January 6, 1955
Osvaldo Koch Krefft January 6, 1955 May 30, 1955
Kaare Olsen Nielsen May 30, 1955 January 2, 1956
José Serrano Palma January 2, 1956 January 4, 1956
Enrique Barbosa Baeza January 4, 1956 May 24, 1956
Osvaldo Sainte Marie Sorucco May 24, 1956 October 28, 1957
Alberto Sepúlveda Contreras October 28, 1957 November 3, 1958
Germán Vergara Donoso November 3, 1958 August 26, 1961 Jorge Alessandri
Carlos Martinez Sotomayor August 26, 1961 December 17, 1963
Julio Philippi Izquierdo December 17, 1963 November 3, 1964
Gabriel Valdes(2).jpg Gabriel Valdés Subercaseaux November 3, 1964 November 3, 1970 Eduardo Frei Montalva
Clodomiro Almeyda Medina November 3, 1970 July 5, 1973 Salvador Allende
Orlando Letelier del Solar July 5, 1973 August 8, 1973
Clodomiro Almeyda Medina August 8, 1973 September 11, 1973
Ismael Huerta Díaz September 12, 1973 July 3, 1974 Augusto Pinochet
Patricio Carvajal Prado July 3, 1974 April 20, 1978
Hernán Cubillos Sallato April 20, 1978 March 20, 1980
René Rojas Galdames.jpg René Rojas Galdames March 20, 1980 February 14, 1983
Miguel Schweitzer Walters February 15, 1983 December 19, 1983
Jaime Del Valle Alliende December 19, 1983 July 7, 1987
Ricardo García Rodríguez July 8, 1987 October 21, 1988
Hernán Felipe Errázuriz Correa October 22, 1988 March 11, 1990
Enrique Silva Cimma.jpg Enrique Silva Cimma March 11, 1990 March 11, 1994 Patricio Aylwin
Carlos Figueroa Serrano March 11, 1994 September 20, 1994 Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
Cohen and Insulza recort.jpg José Miguel Insulza Salinas September 20, 1994 June 21, 1999
Juan Gabriel Valdes(2).jpg Juan Gabriel Valdés Soublette June 22, 1999 March 11, 2000
SolAlvear.jpg María Soledad Alvear Valenzuela March 11, 2000 October 1, 2004 Ricardo Lagos
IgnacioWalker.jpg Ignacio Walker Prieto October 1, 2004 March 11, 2006
Alejandro Foxley.jpg Alejandro Foxley Rioseco March 11, 2006 March 12, 2009 Michelle Bachelet
Mariano Fernández.jpg Mariano Fernández Amunátegui March 12, 2009 March 11, 2010
Alfredo Moreno.jpg Alfredo Moreno Charme March 11, 2010 March 11, 2014 Sebastián Piñera
Heraldo Muñoz March 11, 2014 Michelle Bachelet

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