Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Brazil)

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministério das Relações Exteriores
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil Logo.svg
Itamaraty Palace
Agency overview
Formed13 November 1823[1]
HeadquartersItamaraty Palace
Esplanada dos Ministérios, Bloco H
15°48′36″S 47°52′12″W / 15.81000°S 47.87000°W / -15.81000; -47.87000
Annual budgetIncrease BRL 1.89 billion (2015)[2]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
Child agencies

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE; Portuguese: Ministério das Relações Exteriores; literally: Ministry of External Relations) conducts Brazil's foreign relations with other countries. It is commonly referred to in Brazilian media and diplomatic jargon as Itamaraty, after the palace which houses the ministry (originally in Rio de Janeiro, and currently in a second location which also bears this name in Brasília).[4][5] Since 29 March 2021, the Minister responsible is Carlos Alberto França.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs operates the Rio Branco Institute and the Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation.[6][7][8]


The original Itamaraty Palace in Rio de Janeiro, former headquarters and current regional office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil

There were three relevant moments that defined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the institution that would later be established. The first was the signature of the 1750 Spanish–Portuguese treaty, which re-established the borders set in the Treaty of Tordesillas. This moment was not a foreign issue policy of Brazil per se, but was instead a pursuit of interests by the Portuguese in their largest colony. There was, however, a notable Brazilian in the diplomatic corps, Alexandre de Gusmão, who directed the Portuguese foreign policy of trying to separate the Americas from the subject of European successions. The height of Gusmão's diplomatic effort was the signing of the Treaty of Madrid of 1750, in which territorial issues in South America were resolved.

The second relevant historic moment was the transfer of the Portuguese Court to Brazil in 1808 as a result of the Napoleonic Wars, when the capital of the Portuguese Empire and all its bureaucracy were transferred to Rio de Janeiro. The transfer of the Portuguese Court heavily influenced the Brazilian institutions that would later form.

Finally, there was the participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the process of recognizing Brazilian independence. This moment's relevance surpassed the creation of Brazilian diplomatic institutions and for the first time tested the negotiation skills of Emperor Peter I's diplomatic corps, which achieved recognition from every world power.

From that moment on and since its inception in 1822, Itamaraty has defined some of its basic principles of action such as the peaceful resolution of principles and non-intervention. With the conclusion of World War II and the creation of the United Nations in 1945 the Ministry consolidated Brazil's presence in international forums.

Notable diplomats in the history of Itamaraty include the Viscount of Uruguay, the Baron of Rio Branco and Osvaldo Aranha.[9][10]

Main mission[edit]

Meteoro by Bruno Giorgi

The main mission of Brazilian diplomatic embassies and consulates abroad is to promote the country's interests, provide assistance to Brazilian citizens and support the activities of Brazilian companies in foreign markets.[11][12]

Diplomatic missions[edit]

Permanent diplomatic missions are meant to carry out representation, negotiation and information activities, as well as the protection of Brazilian interests with governments of other States and international organizations. Brazil has an extensive diplomatic network, consisting of over 220 overseas missions:[13]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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  2. ^ Portal Orçamento (October 2014). "Projeto de Lei Orçamentária para 2015" (PDF). Senado federal. p. 25. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  3. ^ "Fernando Simas Magalhães assume posto de número dois do Itamaraty". Metropole. June 2, 2021.
  4. ^ "Itamaraty". Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  5. ^ "The Ministry (About page)".
  6. ^ "Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão". Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  7. ^ "Instituto Rio Branco". Archived from the original on March 8, 2017. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  8. ^ "Senator Aloysio Nunes to take over Brazil's Foreign Ministry". Empresa Brasil de Comunicação - Agência Brasil. March 3, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  9. ^ CARVALHO, Carlos Delgado de. História Diplomática do Brasil. Brasília, Senado Federal, 1998;
  10. ^ CASTRO, Flávio Mendes de Oliveira. História da Organização do Ministério das Relações Exteriores. Brasília, Editora Universidade de Brasília, 1983. Site do Ministério das Relações Exteriores:
  11. ^ "Apresentação".
  12. ^ "Novo chanceler de Bolsonaro promete diplomacia da saúde e atuação sem preferências". G1. April 6, 2021.
  13. ^ "Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil". Archived from the original on March 23, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2015.

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Coordinates: 15°48′04″S 47°52′01″W / 15.801°S 47.867°W / -15.801; -47.867