Senior civil servants
Secretary of State is the highest-ranking official in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and he has the overall responsibility for the operation and economy of the Foreign Service.
The Ministers and the Secretary of State are assisted by Under-Secretaries of State who have their own fields of responsibility and also coordinate matters related to foreign policy with other public authorities. The Under-Secretary of State also coordinates and directs the work of the various units under his or her control.
There are four fields of responsibility:
- Internal and External Services
- Foreign and Security Policy
- External Economic Relations
- Development Cooperation and Development Policy