One of Bangladesh’s finest diplomats AmbassadorFaruq Ahmed Choudhury, who among many of his high-level portfolios served as Bangladesh foreign secretary and its High Commissioner to India, passed away at a Dhaka hospital on Wednesday morning (May 17). He was 83.

President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed their deep sorrow at Choudhury’s death.

A special prayer was offered  after Zuhr prayer at Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi seeking divine blessings for the salvation of his departed soul.

Born in 1934, Faruq Ahmed entered the Pakistan Foreign Service in 1956 and subsequently held various positions at the Pakistan Foreign Office and missions abroad.

After the emergence of Bangladesh, he was appointed the first Chief of Protocol of Bangladesh in 1972.

He served as Bangladesh's deputy high commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1972 to 1976. During this period, he was involved with the final phase of negotiations leading to Bangladesh's entry into the Commonwealth.

From 1976 to 1978, Faruq Ahmed was the Ambassador to the UAE and Bahrain. He was also the Ambassador to EEC and Benelux countries from 1978 to 1982.

In 1982, he became the chief coordinator of the 13th OIC Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Dhaka in 1983. He was the Additional Foreign Secretary at the ministry from 1983 to 1984.

Faruq Ahmed became the foreign secretary in 1984 and held the position till 1986. He then served as Bangladesh High Commissioner to India from 1986 to 1992.

After retirement in 1992, Choudhury became a member of the Advisory Council of Awami League and associated himself with social works. He wrote a number of books, including “Jiboer Balukabelay”, “Desh Deshantar” Priyo Farzana.”

He was awarded Bangla Academy Award and IFIC Bank Award for his contribution to literature. He is known for his regular newspaper columns on international affairs.

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