The information below is courtesy of the Bureau of Public AffairsWashington, D.C.
Under the Constitution, the President of the United States determines U.S. foreign policy. The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President’s chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President’s foreign policies through the State Department and the Foreign Service of the United States.
These duties—the activities and responsibilities of the State Department—include the following:
1.)Serves as the President’s principal adviser on U.S. foreign policy;
2.)Conducts negotiations relating to U.S. foreign affairs;
3.)Grants and issues passports to American citizens and exequaturs to foreign consuls in the
4.)Advises the President on the appointment of U.S. ambassadors, ministers, consuls, and other
5.)Advises the President regarding the acceptance, recall, and dismissal of the representatives of
6.)Personally participates in or directs U.S. representatives to international conferences,
organizations, and agencies;
7.)Negotiates, interprets, and terminates treaties and agreements;
8.)Ensures the protection of the U.S. Government to American citizens, property, and interests
in foreign countries;
9.)Supervises the administration of U.S. immigration laws abroad;
10.)Provides information to American citizens regarding the political, economic, social, cultural,
and humanitarian conditions in foreign countries;
11.)Informs the Congress and American citizens on the conduct of U.S. foreign relations;
12.)Promotes beneficial economic intercourse between the United States and other countries;
13.)Administers the Department of State;
14.)Supervises the Foreign Service of the United States.
For more information go to the Bureau of Public Affairs' website at the following website: www.state.gov/secretary/96.htm
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Zanne Booker 11-15-08
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