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 Tom Tugendhat, a Conservative Party lawmaker and chair of the foreign affairs select committee, dismissed the argument that Britain matters less to Americans now. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson’s Brexit has a Joe Biden problem," 12 Nov. 2020 Biden, a former vice president, has decades of experience in foreign affairs and national security. Deb Riechmann, chicagotribune.com, "Joe Biden moves forward without help from Trump’s intelligence team: ‘Our adversaries aren’t waiting for the transition to take place’," 12 Nov. 2020 Sky News foreign affairs editor Deborah Haynes asked. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "UK defense chief discusses 'robot soldiers,' warns pandemic fallout risks another world war," 8 Nov. 2020 Ebrard is now López Obrador's foreign affairs minister and one of his closest collaborators. MarÍa Verza, Star Tribune, "Mexican president taps loyalist as new security chief," 30 Oct. 2020 At a news conference on Monday in Canberra, Australia’s minister for foreign affairs, Marise Payne, said that government officials were first made aware of the incident by passengers on the flight from Doha. Yan Zhuang, New York Times, "Women on Qatar Airways Flight Are Strip-Searched, Sparking Outrage in Australia," 26 Oct. 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tested negative for the coronavirus, reports Washington Examiner foreign affairs reporter Joel Gehrke, who is traveling with Pompeo to Croatia. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Positive for COVID-19, Trump says love of the military and law enforcement kept him from social distancing," 2 Oct. 2020 Dávid Dorosz, a former member of the Hungarian Parliament’s committee on foreign affairs, told me that Fidesz, Orbán’s ruling far-right party, put a lot of effort into making a good impression on Trump. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "The World Leaders Emboldened by Trump," 19 Oct. 2020 Okonjo-Iweala served two stints as Nigeria’s finance minister and one term as foreign affairs minister. Bryce Baschuk, Bloomberg.com, "Race to WTO Leadership Is Down to the Final Two Candidates," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of foreign affairs

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Foreign affairs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foreign%20affairs. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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