Senior diplomat Thayeb
dies at 91

Teuku M. Hadi Thayeb: (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Teuku M. Hadi Thayeb: (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

One of Indonesia’s first diplomats, Teuku M. Hadi Thayeb, passed away on Friday morning in Jakarta at the age of 91.

“[Thayeb] was one of the founders of the Foreign Ministry,” Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said in a press release on Friday.

Born in Peureulak, Aceh, on Sept. 14, 1922, Thayeb was one of the first six staff members of the fledgling Foreign Ministry, when the office was housed in the garage of the home of Indonesia’s first foreign minister Achmad Soebardjo, at Jl. Cikini 80-82 in Jakarta.

“He was one of Indonesia’s best diplomats,” Marty added.

Thayeb’s diplomatic career included acting as envoy to several countries, namely Italy, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Later on, he also served as industry minister (1964-1966), governor of the National Resilience Institute (1974-1979) and Aceh governor (1981-1986).

“He will not only be remembered as a senior diplomat whose contribution to [Indonesian] diplomacy was significant, but also as one of the founders of the Foreign Ministry,” Marty said.

Thayeb was buried at the Karet Bivak cemetery in Jakarta on Friday afternoon after a ceremony at the Foreign Ministry.

“On behalf of the government and the Foreign Ministry, we convey our deepest condolences [to Thayeb’s family],” said Marty.

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