foreign affairs

plural noun

Definition of foreign affairs

: matters having to do with international relations and with the interests of the home country in foreign countries

Examples of foreign affairs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web STR/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images North Korean leaders for decades gave televised Jan. 1 addresses, which often touched on foreign affairs. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, 1 Jan. 2022 Hasan Akhund, the former acting minister of foreign affairs, went so far as to urge Afghans who worked with the U.S. and had fled to return to the country. Fox News, 1 Dec. 2021 Officials in Brussels told CNN that the timing of the AUKUS announcement was viewed dimly, as the EU's high representative on foreign affairs was set to deliver his own strategy for the Indo-Pacific on Thursday afternoon. Luke Mcgee, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 Suu Kyi, who also served as the minister of foreign affairs, stood behind the jailing of two Reuters journalists who went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for uncovering a massacre of Rohingya men. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 6 Aug. 2021 At least two consulates in Delhi sent out SOS calls for oxygen cylinders—but not to the Indian ministry of foreign affairs. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 5 May 2021 Putin’s foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov told reporters Friday that arrangements have been made for a Putin-Biden call in the coming days, adding that the date will be announced after Moscow and Washington finalize details. Anchorage Daily News, 4 Dec. 2021 Harris’ advisors hope the five-day trip to France will give her foreign affairs reputation a reset. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Melanie Joly, who was previously minister of economic development and official languages, is getting a promotion by becoming Canada’s foreign affairs minister. Stéphanie Fillion, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of foreign affairs

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Foreign affairs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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