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Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Singapore)


Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Singapore)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Logo of the MFA
Agency overview
Formed 1965
Jurisdiction Government of Singapore
Headquarters Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Employees 1,585[1]
Annual budget 489 million SGD (est 2015)[1]
Ministers responsible
Agency executive
  • Chee Wee Kiong, Permanent Secretary
Child agency

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Abbreviation: MFA; Malay: Kementerian Luar Negara; Chinese: 新加坡外交部) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore responsible for conducting and managing diplomatic relations between Singapore and other countries. It is headed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the office currently held by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.

Established in 1965, the Ministry now has 40 overseas missions including 7 High Commissions, 17 Embassies, 2 Permanent Missions to the United Nations, and 14 consulates. Singapore has appointed 24 Honorary Consuls-General/Consuls abroad and has 21 non-resident Ambassadors and High Commissioners based in Singapore. The MFA provides consular assistance to Singaporeans travelling, working and studying overseas.

Singapore maintains diplomatic relations with 186 countries. In Singapore, there are 67 resident foreign Embassies and High Commissions, 50 foreign Consulates, and 8 International Organisations based in Singapore. In addition, more than 60 non-resident foreign Ambassadors are accredited to Singapore.


  • Minister for Foreign Affairs 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Years in Office Minister
1965–1980 S Rajaratnam
1980–1988 Suppiah Dhanabalan
1988–1994 Wong Kan Seng
1994–2004 Shunmugam Jayakumar
2004–2011 George Yeo
2011–2015 K. Shanmugam
2015– Vivian Balakrishnan

See also


  1. ^ a b "Foreign Affairs Programme" (PDF). Singapore Budget 2015. Ministry of Finance. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 

External links

  • Official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Singapore Government Directory Interactive — Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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