This morning, Friday (1/10), a senior diplomat and founder of Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Teuku M. Hadi Thayeb, passed away. On behalf of the Government and all staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Foreign Affairs, R.M. Marty Natalegawa conveyed his condolences and heartfelt sympathy.
“Indonesia loses one its best people in the diplomacy sector and foreign politics. His figure is not only remembered as a senior diplomat who has greatly contributed to diplomacy, but also as one of the founders of the Foreign Affairs Ministry,” said the Foreign Affairs Minister.
The late Ambassador Teuku Mohammad Hadi Thayeb was born in Peureulak, Aceh, September 14, 1922. After Indonesia’s Independence Proclamation, he accompanied Indonesia’s first Foreign Affairs Minister, Achmad Soebardjo, to establish the office of the then Department of Foreign Affairs, located in Achmad Soebardjo’s garage on Jalan Cikini No. 80 – 82. He was one of the first six staff members of the Department of Foreign Affairs at the time.
During his career at the Department of Foreign Affairs, he functioned as Indonesia’s Ambassador to five friendly countries—Italy, Poland, Saudi-Arabia, Switzerland and England.
Besides a career as diplomat, he also dedicated his life to the people and the country as Minister of Industry during Dwikora Cabnet’s three periods (1964 - 1966). He was also Deputy Governor of National Security Institute (Lemhanas, 1974 – 1979), and also Governor of Aceh (1981 – 1986).
“Indonesia and, in particular, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has lost a true fighter for diplomacy ,” concluded the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs. (Source: BAM/Infomed)