The Federal Foreign Office is responsible for maintaining relations both with other states and with intergovernmental and supranational organizations. Apart from its role as formulator of foreign policy, the Foreign Service also sees itself as providing a service for German citizens, the German economy and German cultural life, as well as for parliamentarians and government officials at all levels. The range of services it offers beyond traditional diplomacy has become an important second field of the Ministry’s activities.
The Foreign Ministry is headed by the Federal Foreign Minister, Dr. Guido Westerwelle. He is assisted by two Ministers of State and two State Secretaries. Germany is represented in India in several locations: in addition to the Embassy in New Delhi, headed by the Acting Ambassador, Mr. Cord Meier-Klodt, there are four Consulates General in Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai.Cultural relations and education policy forms the so-called third pillar of German foreign policy alongside political and economic relations. The series of events entitled "Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities" is one of the lighthouse projects in the field of foreign cultural relations and education policy undertaken by the Federal Government.