The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a Dutch Ministry responsible for foreign relations and international development. Although the Dutch Republic already engaged in extensive diplomatic activity, the present Ministry was created in 1798 as the Department of Foreign Affairs of the then Batavian Republic. It was renamed in 1876 to become the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The head of the Dutch Foreign Ministry is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, currently Halbe Zijlstra. The Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, is the other cabinet member within this government department.
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