István Csáky

István Csáky
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
In office
10 December 1938  27 January 1941
Prime Minister Béla Imrédy
Pál Teleki
Preceded by Béla Imrédy
Succeeded by Pál Teleki
Personal details
Born (1894-07-14)July 14, 1894
Segesvár, Austria-Hungary
Died 27 January 1941(1941-01-27) (aged 46)
Budapest, Kingdom of Hungary
Political party Party of National Unity
Profession politician
The native form of this personal name is körösszegi és adorjáni gróf Csáky István. This article uses the Western name order.

Count István Csáky de Körösszeg et Adorján (14 July 1894 27 January 1941) was a Hungarian politician, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1938 and 1941.

Political career

He was born in Segesvár (today Sighisoara, Romania), which belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary at that time. He studied law in Budapest and attended the Imperial Consular Academy in Vienna. After the end of World War I, he participated as a diplomat in the peace negotiations that led to the Treaty of Trianon. After that he worked at the Hungarian embassies to the Vatican and in Bucharest, Madrid and Lisbon, and filled several positions in the Foreign Ministry in Budapest.

István Csáky signed the Second Vienna Award in 1940.

As an official observer of Hungary in 1938 he took part in the negotiations and the Munich Agreement was signed in November 1938 with subsequent negotiations on the First Vienna Award as a member of the Hungarian delegation. On 10 December 1938 he was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs by Prime Minister Béla Imrédy. Imrédy was also his predecessor as foreign minister.

As a minister Csáky was involved in the negotiations leading to the Second Vienna Award in 1940, which aimed to recover the territories lost to Romania in the Treaty of Trianon. Even Hungary's accession to the Tripartite Pact was during the office of Csáky. On 17 December 1940, he signed a friendship agreement at the behest of Germany between Hungary and Yugoslavia, that the Hungarians would break by letting the German troops use the territory of Hungary for the invasion of Yugoslavia. Csáky, however, did not live to see the breach of the agreement, as he died in January 1941 due to a serious illness.


Political offices
Preceded by
Béla Imrédy
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Pál Teleki

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