History of the Ministry
In 1969, decree law No 11 for 1969 on the establishment of a department for foreign affairs was issued. In 1970 the sections of the department were set up by the decision No 8 for 1970.
In 1971 a law was issued to establish the ministry of foreign affairs in which the department of foreign affairs was to be incorporated. It was followed by the issue of law No 26 in December 1971 on the diplomatic and consular corps system, and on designating the diplomatic missions to include embassies, commissions, consulates and the offices of the permanent delegation of the State of Qatar abroad.
Laws on organizing the ministry of foreign affairs, assigning its functions and outlining its organizational chart followed in succession. A law in 1976 and the law No 13 for 1993 were issued to organize the ministry of foreign affairs.
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: