The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been the forefront governing body responsible for managing Qatar’s foreign relations and diplomatic affairs since 1971. In light of the developments taking place on the international arena, a new law was issued in 2005 to define the functions of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs as follows:
- Highlight the State of Qatar, its values and polices, while protecting the country’s interests abroad.
- Propose foreign policy plans and work to implement them in coordination with concerned agencies in the state.
- Establish contacts and conduct talks in preparation to conclude agreements and conventions; and take the required actions with regard to their conclusion, implementation and supervision.
- Conduct contacts with the Qatari ministries and authorities, foreign governments and their diplomatic missions and the regional and international organizations.
- Draft and propose Qatar’s foreign policy to H.H. the Amir for approval.
- Organizes the diplomatic and consular representation with Arab and foreign countries, and regional and international organizations.
- Protect and represent the interests of Qatar and its people abroad.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has established a clear vision, to have a distinguished foreign policy for the State of Qatar at both regional and international levels, and care for the interests of citizens abroad.