FM Conveys Heartfelt Sympathy at the Decease of a Ministry of Foreign Affairs Founder


​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)