Feb 23
Former foreign secretary of Bangladesh Faruq Ahmed Choudhury passes away PDF Print E-mail

Former Foreign Secretary Ambassador Faruq Ahmed Choudhury has passed away at 84.He has been suffering from multiple diseases of heart, liver, and kidney.

Choudhury died at around 4.30am at Square Hospitals in Dhaka, former foreign secretary Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury informed, reports bdnews24.com..

Born in 1934, Choudhury entered the Pakistan Foreign Service in 1956. He served in Italy, China, Netherlands, and Algeria, besides the usual time in Pakistan foreign office.
In Bangladesh, he was appointed the first Chief of Protocol in 1972, his profile in the foreign ministry website indicates.

Later he served as Deputy High Commissioner in London from 1972-76.

During this period, according to the foreign ministry, he was involved with final phase of the negotiations leading to Bangladesh's entry to the Commonwealth.

From 1976-78, he was Ambassador to UAE and Bahrain and from 1978-82 he was Ambassador to EEC and Benelux countries.

After returning to Dhaka in 1982, he became the Chief Coordinator of the 13th OIC Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Dhaka in 1983.

From 1983-84, he was Additional Foreign Secretary in the Ministry.

He became Foreign Secretary in 1984 and continued in that position up to 1986.

He then served as Bangladesh High Commissioner to India from 1986-92.

After retirement from the government service in 1992, he authored 12 books. He also served the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), one of the largest NGOs of the world, in different capacities.

Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury said his first namaz-e-janaja will be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after johr prayer, and then after asr at Baitul Aman Mosque in Dhanmondhi 7.

He will be laid to rest at Azimpur graveyard.

(Source - The Financial Express)