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foreign relations plural noun
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Definition of foreign relations
: the relations between sovereign states : the manifest result of foreign policy
broadly : the field of international interaction and reaction
a specialist in foreign relations
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“Foreign relations.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foreign%20relations. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.
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