Minister of Foreign Affairs (Estonia)

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia
Estonian: Eesti Vabariigi Välisminister
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Incumbent
Sven Mikser

since 12 September 2016
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Formation 24 February 1918
First holder Jaan Poska
Website vm.ee
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs (Estonian: välisminister) is the senior minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Estonian: Eesti Vabariigi Välisministeerium) in the Estonian Government. The Minister is one of the most important members of the Estonian government, with responsibility for the relations between Estonia and foreign states.

The Foreign Minister is chosen by the Prime Minister as a part of the government. The current Foreign Minister is Marina Kaljurand, who took the position on 16 July 2015 after the previous minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus resigned.[1]

Office holders[edit]

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1 Jaan Poska 24 February 1918 20 September 1919 Estonian People's Party
2 Ants Piip 9 October 1919 18 November 1919 Estonian Labour Party
3 Ado Birk 18 November 1919 28 July 1920 Estonian People's Party
4 Kaarel Robert Pusta 28 July 1920 30 July 1920
5 Ado Birk (2nd term) 30 July 1920 26 October 1920 Estonian People's Party
6 Otto Strandman 26 October 1920 14 January 1921 Estonian Labour Party
7 Ants Piip (2nd term) 25 January 1921 20 October 1922 Estonian Labour Party
8 Aleksander Hellat 28 November 1922 2 August 1923
9 Friedrich Akel 2 August 1923 26 March 1924 Christian People's Party
10 Otto Strandman (2nd term) 26 March 1924 14 May 1924 Estonian Labour Party
11 Kaarel Robert Pusta (2nd term) 6 June 1924 5 October 1925
12 Ado Birk (3rd term) 23 October 1925 15 December 1925 Estonian People's Party
13 Ants Piip (3rd term) 115 December 925 23 July 1926 Estonian Labour Party
14 Friedrich Akel (2nd term) 23 July 1926 11 November 1927 Christian People's Party
15 Aleksander Hellat (2nd term) 11 November 1927 9 December 1927
16 Hans Rebane 9 December 1927 4 December 1928 Farmers' Assemblies
17 Jaan Lattik 4 December 1928 12 February 1931 Christian People's Party
18 Jaan Tõnisson 12 February 1931 19 July 1932 Estonian People's Party
19 Mihkel Pung 19 July 1932 1 November 1932 National Centre Party
20 August Rei 1 November 1932 18 May 1933 Estonian Socialist Workers' Party
21 Ants Piip (4th term) 18 May 1933 21 October 1933 National Centre Party
22 Julius Seljamaa 21 October 1933 2 June 1936
23 Friedrich Akel (3rd term) 2 June 1936 9 May 1938
24 Karl Selter 9 May 1938 12 October 1939
25 Ants Piip (5th term) 12 October 1939 21 June 1940
26 August Rei 18 September 1944 25 September 1944
Aleksander Warma (in exile) 1953 1963
August Koern (in exile) 1964 1982
Elmar Lipping (in exile) 1982 1990
Olev Olesk (in exile) 1990 1992
27 Lennart Meri 11 April 1990 24 March 1992 Popular Front of Estonia
28 Jaan Manitski 6 April 1992 21 October 1992 (none)
29 Trivimi Velliste 21 October 1992 7 January 1994 Pro Patria Union
30 Jüri Luik 8 January 1994 17 April 1995 Pro Patria Union
31 Riivo Sinijärv 17 April 1995 6 November 1995 Estonian Coalition Party
32 Siim Kallas 6 November 1995 22 November 1996 Estonian Reform Party
33 Toomas Hendrik Ilves 2 December 1996 14 October 1998 Social Democratic Party
34 Raul Mälk 14 October 1998 25 March 1999 (none)
35 Toomas Hendrik Ilves (2nd term) 25 March 1999 28 January 2002 Social Democratic Party
36 Kristiina Ojuland 28 January 2002 10 February 2005 Estonian Reform Party
37 Rein Lang 21 February 2005 13 April 2005 Estonian Reform Party
38 Urmas Paet 13 April 2005 17 November 2014 Estonian Reform Party
39 Keit Pentus-Rosimannus 17 November 2014 16 July 2015 Estonian Reform Party
40 Marina Kaljurand 16 July 2015 12 September 2016 Independent
41 Jürgen Ligi 12 September 2016 23 November 2016 Estonian Reform Party
42 Sven Mikser 23 November 2016 Incumbent Social Democratic Party
Source[2]

See also[edit]

Contact information[edit]

Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Islandi väljak 1, 15049 Tallinn
e-mail: vminfo@vm.ee
tel:(+372) 6 377 000
FAX:(+372) 6 377 099

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marina Kaljurand astus välisministri ametisse". Postimees. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Varasemad valitsused". valitsus.ee. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 

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