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Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araújo (born May 15, 1967)[1] is a Brazilian career diplomat and Brazil's current Minister of Foreign Affairs[2].

Ernesto Araújo
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
1 January 2019
PresidentJair Bolsonaro
Preceded byAloysio Nunes
Personal details
Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araújo

(1967-05-15) 15 May 1967 (age 51)
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Spouse(s)Maria Eduarda de Seixas Corrêa Araújo
Alma materUniversity of Brasília
Rio Branco Institute


Career and positionsEdit

Araújo is a career diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (often called Itamaraty after its headquarters). He is also a writer of three fiction novels.[3] He served in Itamaraty's division of Mercosur affairs from 1991 to 1995, and from 2007 to July 2010 was a deputy chief at the Brazilian Embassy in Ottawa.[4] An anonymous colleague of Araújo at Itamaraty described him as an "extremely scholarly man", with profound knowledge of ancient history.[3]

In a 2017 article published by the International Relations Research Institute (IPRI), Araújo praised U.S. President Donald Trump for his nationalist rhetoric and holds that he is restoring Western values that have been challenged by nihilism, which he believes is the Western enemy that replaced communism.[5] Araújo also maintains a blog entitled "Metapolitics 17 – Against Globalism", where he writes that globalism "is the economic globalization that has been driven by cultural Marxism" and that is "essentially anti-human and anti-Christian".[6] On his blog, Araújo has also claimed that climate change is a "cultural Marxism" plot to undermine Western countries in order to support China's growth, and has also lamented the "criminalisation" of red meat, oil and heterosexual sex.[7]

In June 2018, he was promoted to the rank of Minister First Class in the Brazilian Foreign Service, a career diplomat's top rank, that allows them to be posted as Ambassadors. In the custom of the Brazilian Foreign Service, Ministers First Class are styled "Ambassador" even when they have not yet assumed the direction of an Embassy, as is the case with Araújo. After the election of Jair Bolsonaro as President of Brazil in October 2018, the newly promoted Ambassador Araújo was chosen to be the Foreign Minister in the new Administration.

In a November 2018 press conference, when asked about how he will approach foreign nations as foreign minister, Araújo said there will be no preference towards any nation and that Brazil will have "excellent relations with all partners to improve partnerships for the benefit of all and, above all, the Brazilian people".[8]

Foreign Affairs Minister (2019–present)Edit

On January 8, 2019, Araújo asked diplomats to inform the UN that Brazil had withdrawn from the Global Compact for Migration.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Araújo was born in Porto Alegre in 1967.[10] He graduated from the University of Brasília, where he studied linguistics and literature, and was trained as a diplomat at the Rio Branco Institute.[4] He is married and has a daughter.[11] Araújo is a practising Roman Catholic.[12]


  1. ^ Ernesto Araújo é o novo Ministro das Relações Exteriores
  2. ^ Brazil President-Elect Picks Ernesto Araujo as His Foreign Minister, U.S. News, accessed 14 November 2018
  3. ^ a b Bolsonaro foge de nomes 'óbvios' e escolhe diplomata pró-Trump: Ernesto Araújo, UOL, accessed 14 November 2018
  4. ^ a b BREAKFAST WITH ITAMARATY: Ernesto Fraga Araújo, Brazil Council, accessed 14 November 2018]
  5. ^ Cadernos do IPRI no 6, pages 323-359
  6. ^ Bolsonaro anuncia diplomata Ernesto Araújo para Relações Exteriores, Istoé, accessed 14 November 2018
  7. ^ Watts, Jonathan (2018-11-15). "Brazil's new foreign minister believes climate change is a Marxist plot". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  8. ^ Bolsonaro anuncia diplomata Ernesto Araújo como ministro das Relações Exteriores, G1, accessed 14 November 2018
  9. ^ "Brazil Confirms Exit From UN Global Migration Compact - Reports". Sputnik. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  10. ^ Akron World Affairs, accessed 14 November 2018
  11. ^ Embaixador Ernesto Araújo é escolhido para Relações Exteriores, Agência Brasil EBC, accessed 14 November 2018
  12. ^ Futuro Chanceler relaciona providência divina a eleição de Bolsonaro, Notícias UOL, accessed 28 December 2018

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Government offices
Preceded by
Aloysio Nunes
Minister of Foreign Affairs