Minister of Foreign Affairs (Hungary)

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary (Hungarian: Magyarország külügyminisztere) is a member of the Hungarian cabinet and the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The current foreign minister is Péter Szijjártó.

The position was called People's Commissar of Foreign Affairs (Hungarian: külügyi népbiztos) during the Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919 and Minister besides the King (Hungarian: a király személye körüli miniszter) between 1848 and 1918, except in 1849 when Hungary declared its independence from the Austrian Empire. During the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (1867–1918) the two countries also had a joint Minister of Foreign Affairs.

This page is a list of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Hungary.

Ministers besides the King (1848)[edit]

Hungarian Kingdom (1848)[edit]

Parties       Conservative Party

# Picture Name From Until Political Party Cabinet Assembly
(Election)
1 PaulIIIAnton.jpg Pál Esterházy
(1786–1866)
7 April 1848 9 September 1848 Conservative Party Batthyány Last Diet
1 (1848)

Ministers of Foreign Affairs (1849)[edit]

Hungarian State (1849)[edit]

Parties       Opposition Party

# Picture Name From Until Political Party Cabinet Assembly
(Election)
1 Batthyány Kázmér Barabás.jpg Kázmér Batthyány
(1807–1854)
8 May 1849 16 July 1849 Opposition Party Szemere 1 (1848)

After the collapse of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the Hungarian Kingdom became an integral part of the Austrian Empire until 1867, when dual Austro-Hungarian Monarchy was created.

Ministers besides the King (1867–1918)[edit]

For the joint Ministers of Foreign Affairs, see List of Foreign Ministers of Austria-Hungary.

Hungarian Kingdom (1867–1918)[edit]

Parties       Deák Party/Liberal Party/National Party of Work       Catholic People's Party       F48P/F48P–Károlyi       Independent

# Picture Name From Until Political Party Cabinet Assembly
(Election)
1 Festetics György Pollák.jpg György Festetics
(1815–1883)
20 February 1867 19 May 1871 Independent Andrássy
DP
3 (1865)
4 (1869)
2 Wenckheim Bela.jpg Béla Wenckheim
(1811–1879)
19 May 1871 14 November 1871 Deák Party
14 November 1871 4 December 1872 Lónyay
DP
5 (1872)
4 December 1872 21 March 1874 Szlávy
DP
21 March 1874 2 March 1875 Bittó
DPBK
2 March 1875 20 October 1875 Liberal Party Wenckheim
SZP
20 October 1875 7 July 1879 K. Tisza
SZP
6 (1875)
7 (1878)
Tisza Kálmán Horowitz.jpg Kálmán Tisza
(1830–1902)
acting
11 July 1879 25 September 1879 Liberal Party
3 Orczy Bela.jpg Béla Orczy
(1822–1917)
25 September 1879 13 March 1890 Liberal Party
8 (1881)
9 (1884)
10 (1887)
13 March 1890 24 December 1890 Szapáry
SZP
4 Szőgyény-Marich László 1890-52.JPG László Szőgyény-Marich
(1841–1916)
24 December 1890 24 October 1892 Liberal Party
11 (1892)
Fejérváry Géza Ellinger.jpg Géza Fejérváry
(1833–1914)
acting
24 October 1892 19 November 1892 Independent
5 Tisza Lajos Ellinger.jpg Lajos Tisza
(1832–1898)
19 November 1892 10 June 1894 Liberal Party Wekerle I
SZP
6 Andrassy2.jpg Gyula Andrássy, Jr.
(1860–1929)
10 June 1894 15 January 1895 Liberal Party
Fejérváry Géza Ellinger.jpg Géza Fejérváry
(1833–1914)
acting
15 January 1895 18 January 1895 Independent Bánffy
SZP
7 Josika.png Sámuel Jósika
(1848–1923)
18 January 1895 20 January 1898 Liberal Party
12 (1896)
Bánffy Dezső Ellinger.jpg Dezső Bánffy
(1843–1911)
acting
20 January 1898 20 December 1898 Liberal Party
8 Széchényi Manó 1899-20.jpg Manó Széchényi
(1858–1926)
20 December 1898 26 February 1899 Independent
26 February 1899 7 March 1900 Széll
SZP
Széll Kálmán.jpg Kálmán Széll
(1843–1915)
acting
7 March 1900 29 March 1900 Liberal Party
9 Széchényi Gyula.png Gyula Széchényi
(1829–1921)
29 March 1900 27 June 1903 Independent
13 (1901)
10 Khuen-Héderváry Károly.jpg Károly Khuen-Héderváry
(1849–1918)
1st term
27 June 1903 3 November 1903 Liberal Party Khuen-Héderváry I
SZP
11 Istvan Tisza.jpg István Tisza
(1861–1918)
3 November 1903 3 March 1904 Liberal Party I. Tisza I
SZP
(10) Khuen-Héderváry Károly.jpg Károly Khuen-Héderváry
(1849–1918)
2nd term
3 March 1904 18 June 1905 Liberal Party
12 Fejérváry Géza Ellinger.jpg Géza Fejérváry
(1833–1914)
18 June 1905 8 April 1906 Independent Fejérváry
SZP
14 (1905)
13 Zichy Aladár.jpg Aladár Zichy
(1864–1937)
1st term
8 April 1906 17 January 1910 Catholic People's Party Wekerle II
F48POAP–KNP–PDP
15 (1906)
(10) Khuen-Héderváry Károly.jpg Károly Khuen-Héderváry
(1849–1918)
3rd term
17 January 1910 22 April 1912 National Party of Work Khuen-Héderváry II
NMP
16 (1910)
14 Lukács László.jpg László Lukács
(1850–1932)
22 April 1912 10 June 1913 National Party of Work Lukács
NMP
15 Grafvonburian.jpg István Burián
(1851–1922)
10 June 1913 13 January 1915 Independent I. Tisza II
NMP
Istvan Tisza.jpg István Tisza
(1861–1918)
acting
13 January 1915 29 May 1915 National Party of Work
16 Roszner Ervin.JPEG Ervin Roszner
(1852–1928)
29 May 1915 15 June 1917 National Party of Work
17 Batthyány Tivadar Strelisky.jpg Tivadar Batthyány
(1859–1931)
1st term
15 June 1917 18 August 1917 F48P Esterházy
NMPF48POAP–PDP–KNP
(13) Zichy Aladár.jpg Aladár Zichy
(1864–1937)
2nd term
18 August 1917 23 August 1917 Catholic People's Party
23 August 1917 31 October 1918 Wekerle III
NMPF48POAP–PDP–KNP
Rakovszky István.JPEG István Rakovszky
(1858–1931)
30 October 1918 31 October 1918 Catholic People's Party Hadik
not formed
(17) Batthyány Tivadar Strelisky.jpg Tivadar Batthyány
(1859–1931)
2nd term
31 October 1918 1 November 1918 F48P–Károlyi M. Károlyi
F48P–Károlyi–PRP–MSZDP
MNT (—)
18 Mihaly-karolyi--outlawsdiary00tormuoft.jpg Mihály Károlyi
(1875–1955)
1 November 1918 16 November 1918 F48P–Károlyi M. Károlyi
F48P–Károlyi–PRP–MSZDP

Ministers of Foreign Affairs (1918–1919)[edit]

Hungarian People's Republic (1918–1919)[edit]

Parties       F48P–Károlyi       Civic Radical Party (PRP)

# Picture Name From Until Political Party Cabinet Assembly
(Election)
1 Mihaly-karolyi--outlawsdiary00tormuoft.jpg Mihály Károlyi
(1875–1955)
16 November 1918 11 January 1919 F48P–Károlyi M. Károlyi
F48P–Károlyi–PRP–MSZDP
MNT (—)
Berinkey Dénes.jpg Dénes Berinkey
(1871–1944)
acting
11 January 1919 24 January 1919 PRP Berinkey
F48P–Károlyi–PRP–MSZDP–OKGFP
2 Harrer Ferenc.JPEG Ferenc Harrer
(1874–1969)
24 January 1919 21 March 1919 PRP

People's Commissars of Foreign Affairs (1919)[edit]

Hungarian Soviet Republic (1919)[edit]

Parties       MSZP/SZKMMP

# Picture Name From Until Political Party Cabinet Assembly
(Election)
1 Bela Kun (cropped).png Béla Kun
(1886–1939)
serving with József Pogány and Péter Ágoston
from 3 April to 24 June 1919
21 March 1919 1 August 1919 MSZP Central Executive Council
MSZP/SZKMMP
TOGY (—)
(1) Pogány József.jpg József Pogány
(1886–1938)
serving with Béla Kun and Péter Ágoston
3 April 1919 24 June 1919 MSZP/SZKMMP
(1) Ágoston péter postcard.png Péter Ágoston
(1874–1925)
serving with Béla Kun and József Pogány
3 April 1919 24 June 1919 MSZP/SZKMMP

Counter-revolutionary governments (1919)[edit]

Parties       Independent

# Picture Name From Until Political Party Cabinet Assembly
(Election)
Coat of arms of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946; angels).svg Gyula Bornemissza
(1873–1925)
5 May 1919 31 May 1919 Independent Arad
Pál Teleki 01.jpg Pál Teleki
(1879–1941)
31 May 1919 6 June 1919 Independent Szeged I
6 June 1919 12 July 1919 Szeged II
12 July 1919 12 August 1919 Szeged III

Ministers of Foreign Affairs (1919–present)[edit]

Hungarian People's Republic (1919)[edit]

Parties       MSZDP

# Picture Name From Until Political Party Cabinet Assembly
(Election)
1 Ágoston péter postcard.png Péter Ágoston
(1874–1925)
1 August 1919 6 August 1919
(deposed)
MSZDP Peidl
MSZDP

Hungarian Republic (1919–1920)[edit]

Parties       Independent

# Picture Name From Until Political Party Cabinet Assembly
(Election)
Tánczos Gábor.jpg Gábor Tánczos
(1872–1953)
acting
7 August 1919 15 August 1919 Independent Friedrich
KNP/KNEP–OKGFP
1 Lovászy Márton 1910-28.JPG Márton Lovászy
(1864–1927)
15 August 1919 11 September 1919 Independent
2 SommsichJozsefandwife.jpg József Somssich
(1864–1941)
11 September 1919 24 November 1919 Independent
24 November 1919 29 February 1920 Huszár
KNEP–OKGFP–MSZDP–NDPP

Hungarian Kingdom (1920–1946)[edit]

Parties       KNEP       EPNEPMÉP       Independent

# Picture Name From Until Political Party Cabinet Assembly
(Election)
1 SommsichJozsefandwife.jpg József Somssich
(1864–1941)
29 February 1920 15 March 1920 Independent Huszár
KNEP–OKGFP–MSZDP–NDPP
Simonyi-Semadam.jpg Sándor Simonyi-Semadam
(1864–1946)
acting
15 March 1920 19 April 1920 KNEP Simonyi-Semadam
KNEP–OKGFP
17 (1920)
2 Pál Teleki 01.jpg Pál Teleki
(1879–1941)
19 April 1920 19 July 1920 KNEP
Pál Teleki
(1879–1941)
acting
19 July 1920 22 September 1920 Teleki I
KNEP–OKGFP
3 ImreCsaky.jpg Imre Csáky
(1882–1961)
22 September 1920 16 December 1920 Independent
Pál Teleki 01.jpg Pál Teleki
(1879–1941)
acting
16 December 1920 17 January 1921 KNEP
4 Gratz Gusztáv.JPEG Gusztáv Gratz
(1875–1946)
17 January 1921 12 April 1921 Independent
Pál Teleki 01.jpg Pál Teleki
(1879–1941)
acting
12 April 1921 14 April 1921 KNEP
5 Bánffy Miklós 1916-7.jpg Miklós Bánffy
(1873–1950)
14 April 1921 19 December 1922 Independent Bethlen
(KNEP–OKGFP)→EP
18 (1922)
Daruváry Géza 1922.jpg Géza Daruváry
(1866–1934)
acting
19 December 1922 11 June 1923 Independent
6 Géza Daruváry
(1866–1934)
11 June 1923 7 October 1924
RetratoIstvanBethlen.jpg István Bethlen
(1874–1946)
acting
7 October 1924 15 November 1924 EP
7 Scitovszky Tibor 1924.jpg Tibor Scitovszky
(1875–1959)
15 November 1924 17 March 1925 EP
Walko Lajos 1930s.jpg Lajos Walko
(1880–1954)
acting for Tibor Scitovszky
5 March 1925 17 March 1925 EP
Lajos Walko
(1880–1954)
acting
17 March 1925 15 October 1926
8 Lajos Walko
(1880–1954)
1st term
15 October 1926 9 December 1930
19 (1926)
9 KarolyiGyula.jpg Gyula Károlyi
(1871–1947)
9 December 1930 24 August 1931 EP
20 (1931)
(8) Walko Lajos 1930s.jpg Lajos Walko
(1880–1954)
2nd term
24 August 1931 1 October 1932 EP G. Károlyi
EPKGSZP
10 Puky Endre 01.jpg Endre Puky
(1871–1941)
1 October 1932 9 January 1933 NEP Gömbös
NEP
Gombos Gyula.png Gyula Gömbös
(1886–1936)
acting
9 January 1933 4 February 1933 NEP
11 Kánya Kálmán -foto.fszek.hu.jpg Kálmán Kánya
(1869–1945)
4 February 1933 12 October 1936 NEP
21 (1935)
12 October 1936 14 May 1938 Independent Darányi
NEP
14 May 1938 28 November 1938 Imrédy
NEP
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-E05369A, Bela von Imredy.jpg Béla Imrédy
(1891–1946)
acting
28 November 1938 10 December 1938 NEP
12 Csáky István portrait.png István Csáky
(1894–1941)
10 December 1938 16 February 1939 NEP
16 February 1939 27 January 1941
(died in office)
MÉP Teleki II
MÉP
22 (1939)
Pál Teleki 01.jpg Pál Teleki
(1879–1941)
acting for István Csáky
21 December 1940 27 January 1941 MÉP
Pál Teleki
(1879–1941)
acting
27 January 1941 4 February 1941
13 Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1984-018-35A, Laszlo von Bardossy.jpg László Bárdossy
(1890–1946)
4 February 1941 3 April 1941 MÉP
3 April 1941 7 March 1942 Bárdossy
MÉP
Keresztes-FischerFerenc.jpg Ferenc Keresztes-Fischer
(1881–1948)
acting
7 March 1942 9 March 1942 MÉP
Kallay Miklos 1942.jpg Miklós Kállay
(1887–1967)
acting
9 March 1942 20 May 1942 MÉP Kállay
MÉP
14 Miklós Kállay
(1887–1967)
20 May 1942 24 July 1943
15 Ghyczy Jenő 1941.png Jenő Ghyczy
(1893–1982)
24 July 1943 22 March 1944
(deposed)
Independent
16 Sztojay-official portrait 1944.jpg Döme Sztójay
(1883–1946)
22 March 1944 29 August 1944 Independent Sztójay
MÉP–MMP
17 Hennyey Gusztáv.jpg Gusztáv Hennyey
(1888–1977)
29 August 1944 16 October 1944
(deposed)
Independent Lakatos
MÉP

Government of National Unity (1944–1945)[edit]

Parties       Arrow Cross Party

# Picture Name From Until Political Party Cabinet Assembly
(Election)
1 Kemény Gábor 1944.jpg Gábor Kemény
(1910–1946)
16 October 1944 28 March 1945 NYKP Szálasi
NYKP–MMP

Soviet-backed provisional governments (1944–1946)[edit]

Parties       FKGP

# Picture Name From Until Political Party Cabinet Assembly
(Election)
1 Gyöngyösi János 1945.jpg János Gyöngyösi
(1893–1951)
22 December 1944 15 November 1945 FKGP Provisional National Government
FKGPMKPMSZDPNPPPDP
INGY (1944)
15 November 1945 1 February 1946 Tildy
FKGPMKPMSZDPNPP
23 (1945)

Hungarian Republic (1946–1949)[edit]

Parties       FKGP       MKP-MDP

# Picture Name From Until Political Party Cabinet Assembly
(Election)
1 Gyöngyösi János 1945.jpg János Gyöngyösi
(1893–1951)
1 February 1946 31 May 1947 FKGP F. Nagy
FKGPMKPMSZDPNPP
23 (1945)
Mihályfi Ernő 1948.jpg Ernő Mihályfi
(1898–1972)
acting
31 May 1947 24 September 1947 FKGP Dinnyés
MKPFKGPMSZDPNPP
2 Molnár Erik Grantner.jpg Erik Molnár
(1894–1966)
1st term
24 September 1947 5 August 1948 MKP 24 (1947)
3 Rajk László Sr. 1947.jpg László Rajk
(1909–1949)
5 August 1948 10 December 1948 MDP
10 December 1948 11 June 1949 Dobi
MDPFKGPNPP
4 Kállai Gyula 1964.jpg Gyula Kállai
(1910–1996)
11 June 1949 20 August 1949 MDP 25 (1949)

Hungarian People's Republic (1949–1989)[edit]

Parties       MDP-MSZMP       MSZP

# Picture Name From Until Political Party Cabinet Assembly
(Election)
1 Kállai Gyula 1964.jpg Gyula Kállai
(1910–1996)
20 August 1949 12 May 1951 MDP Dobi
MDP
25 (1949)
2 Coat of arms of Hungary (1949-1956).svg Károly Kiss
(1903–1983)
12 May 1951 14 August 1952 MDP
14 August 1952 14 November 1952 Rákosi
MDP
3 Molnár Erik Grantner.jpg Erik Molnár
(1894–1966)
2nd term
14 November 1952 4 July 1953 MDP
4 Coat of arms of Hungary (1949-1956).svg János Boldóczki
(1912–1988)
4 July 1953 18 April 1955 MDP I. Nagy I
MDP
26 (1953)
18 April 1955 30 July 1956 Hegedüs
MDP
5 Imre Horváth 1956.jpg Imre Horváth
(1901–1958)
1st term
30 July 1956 24 October 1956 MDP
24 October 1956 2 November 1956 I. Nagy II
MDP/MSZMPFKGP
6 Nagy Imre igazolványkép.jpg Imre Nagy
(1896–1958)
2 November 1956 4 November 1956 MSZMP I. Nagy III
MSZMPFKGPMSZDPPP
7 Imre Horváth 1956.jpg Imre Horváth
(1901–1958)
2nd term
4 November 1956 28 January 1958 MSZMP Kádár I
MSZMP
28 January 1958 2 February 1958
(died in office)
Münnich
MSZMP
8 Coat of arms of Hungary (1957-1990).svg Endre Sík
(1891–1978)
2 February 1958 13 September 1961 MSZMP
27 (1958)
9 János Péter (1970).jpg János Péter
(1910–1999)
13 September 1961 30 June 1965 MSZMP Kádár II
MSZMP
28 (1963)
30 June 1965 14 April 1967 Kállai
MSZMP
14 April 1967 14 December 1973 Fock
MSZMP
29 (1967)
30 (1971)
10 Frigyes Puja (1978).jpg Frigyes Puja
(1921–2008)
14 December 1973 15 May 1975 MSZMP
15 May 1975 8 July 1983 Lázár
MSZMP
31 (1975)
32 (1980)
11 Várkonyi Péter 1985.jpg Péter Várkonyi
(1931–2008)
8 July 1983 25 June 1987 MSZMP
33 (1985)
25 June 1987 24 November 1988 Grósz
MSZMP
24 November 1988 10 May 1989 Németh
(MSZMP)→MSZP
12 Gyula Horn (2007).jpg Gyula Horn
(1932–2013)
10 May 1989 7 October 1989 MSZMP
(12) 7 October 1989 23 October 1989 MSZP

Hungarian Republic / Hungary (1989–present)[edit]

Parties       MSZP       Fidesz       MDF       Independent

# Picture Name From Until Political Party Cabinet Assembly
(Election)
Gyula Horn (2007).jpg Gyula Horn
(1932–2013)
provisional
23 October 1989 23 May 1990 MSZP Németh
MSZP
1 Geza Jeszenszky 5652.jpg Géza Jeszenszky
(1941– )
23 May 1990 21 December 1993 MDF Antall
MDFFKGPKDNP
34 (1990)
21 December 1993 15 July 1994 Boross
MDF–EKGP–KDNP
2 MSZP Congress July 2014-07.JPG László Kovács
(1939– )
1st term
15 July 1994 8 July 1998 MSZP Horn
MSZPSZDSZ
35 (1994)
3 Martonyi (2012-03-02) II.jpg János Martonyi
(1944– )
1st term
8 July 1998 27 May 2002 Independent Orbán I
FideszFKGPMDF
36 (1998)
(2) MSZP Congress July 2014-07.JPG László Kovács
(1939– )
2nd term
27 May 2002 29 September 2004 MSZP Medgyessy
MSZPSZDSZ
37 (2002)
29 September 2004 1 November 2004 Gyurcsány I
MSZPSZDSZ
4 Somogyi USA.jpg Ferenc Somogyi
(1945– )
1 November 2004 9 June 2006 Independent
5 Kinga Göncz Senate of Poland.JPG Kinga Göncz
(1947– )
9 June 2006 14 April 2009 Independent Gyurcsány II
MSZPSZDSZ
38 (2006)
6 Péter Balázs, 2009.jpg Péter Balázs
(1941– )
14 April 2009 29 May 2010 Independent Bajnai
MSZP
(3) Martonyi (2012-03-02) II.jpg János Martonyi
(1944– )
2nd term
29 May 2010 6 June 2014 Fidesz Orbán II
FideszKDNP
39 (2010)
7 Navracsics Tibor Portrait.jpg Tibor Navracsics
(1966– )
6 June 2014 23 September 2014 Fidesz Orbán III
FideszKDNP
40 (2014)
8 Péter Szijjártó (cropped).jpg Péter Szijjártó
(1978– )
23 September 2014 Incumbent Fidesz

See also[edit]