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
Jürgen Ligi

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
1918–1940
1 Jaan Poska 1918 1919 Estonian People's Party
2 Ants Piip 1919 1919 Estonian Labour Party
3 Ado Birk 1919 1920 Estonian People's Party
4 Kaarel Robert Pusta 1920 1920
5 Otto Strandmann 1920 1921 Estonian Labour Party
Ants Piip (2nd time) 1921 1922 Estonian Labour Party
6 Aleksander Hellat 1922 1923
7 Friedrich Akel 1923 1924 Christian People's Party
Otto Strandmann (2nd time) 1924 1924 Estonian Labour Party
Kaarel Robert Pusta (2nd time) 1924 1925
Ants Piip (3rd time) 1925 1926 Estonian Labour Party
Friedrich Akel (2nd time) 1926 1927 Christian People's Party
Aleksander Hellat (2nd time) 1927 1927
8 Hans Rebane 1927 1928 Farmers' Assemblies
9 Jaan Lattik 1928 1931 Christian People's Party
10 Jaan Tõnisson 1931 1932 Estonian People's Party
11 Mihkel Pung 1932 1932 National Centre Party
12 August Rei 1932 1933 Estonian Socialist Workers' Party
Ants Piip (4th time) 1933 1933 National Centre Party
13 Julius Seljamaa 1933 1936
Friedrich Akel (3rd time) 1936 1938
14 Karl Selter 1938 1939
Ants Piip (5th time) 1939 1940
1940–1990: in exile
August Rei 1944 1945
Aleksander Warma 1953 1963
August Koern 1964 1982
Elmar Lipping 1982 1990
Olev Olesk 1990 1992
1990 to present
15 Lennart Meri April 1990 March 1992 Popular Front of Estonia
16 Jaan Manitski April 1992 October 1992 (none)
17 Trivimi Velliste October 1992 January 1994 Pro Patria Union
18 Jüri Luik January 1994 April 1995 Pro Patria Union
19 Riivo Sinijärv April 1995 November 1995 Estonian Coalition Party
20 Siim Kallas November 1995 November 1996 Estonian Reform Party
21 Toomas Hendrik Ilves November 1996 October 1998 Social Democratic Party
22 Raul Mälk October 1998 March 1999 (none)
Toomas Hendrik Ilves (2nd time) March 1999 January 2002 Social Democratic Party
23 Kristiina Ojuland January 2002 February 2005 Estonian Reform Party
24 Jaak Jõerüüt February 2005 February 2005 Estonian Reform Party
25 Rein Lang February 2005 April 2005 Estonian Reform Party
26 Urmas Paet April 2005 November 2014 Estonian Reform Party
27 Keit Pentus-Rosimannus November 2014 July 2015 Estonian Reform Party
28 Marina Kaljurand July 2015 September 2016 Independent
29 Jürgen Ligi September 2016 Incumbent Estonian Reform Party

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. 

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