The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA or known as the Foreign Ministry or Ministry of Foreign Affairs) (Hindi: विदेश मंत्रालय ) is the foreign ministry of India. It is the Indian government agency responsible for the foreign relations of India. The Minister of External Affairs holds cabinet rank as a member of the Council of Ministers. The Civil Services (Indian Foreign Service) is under the administration and supervision of the External Affairs Ministry. The Ministry of External Affairs is headquartered at South Block of the Secretariat Building at Raisina Hill, New Delhi. It shares the building with the Ministry of Defence headquarters and the office of the Prime Minister. Other External Affairs offices are housed in Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan, Akbar Bhavan, Shastri Bhavan, Patiala House, and the ISIL Building.