World Bangladesh Organization (WBO) expresses deep sorrow over the Legend Diplomat & Former Foreign Secretary Syed Muazzem Ali’s demise. He breathed his last on 30 December 2019 in Dhaka at the age of 75.
While serving in the Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC in 1971, he declared his allegiance to the Government of Bangladesh. As a founding member of the Bangladesh Mission in Washington DC, he was active in the lobbying process for political support for Bangladesh’s independence movement and, after its independence, he was directly involved in working towards US recognition of Bangladesh as well asthe US, World Bank and UN participation in the massive reconstructions efforts in war-ravaged Bangladesh (1971-1975).
High Commissioner Ali has also served in Bangladesh Embassies in Warsaw (1975-1978),and New Delhi (1986-1988),and in the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (1982-1986). He was Consul General in Jeddah (1988-1991) during the Gulf War, and later served as Bangladesh Ambassador to Bhutan (1991-1992), Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Turkmenistan (1995-1998), France and Portugal (1998-2000).
In Paris, he was also Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the UNESCO.In that capacity,he tabled a draft resolution, on behalf of Bangladesh, for the proclamation of 21st February (Bengali Language Martyrs’ Day) as the International Mother Language Day. He spearheaded the lobbying efforts and its unanimous adoption by the UNESCO General Conference in 1999.
As Foreign Secretary, High Commissioner Ali worked for the peaceful resolution of conflicts in the South Asian region and beyond. Since Bangladesh was the Chairman of the LDC group at that time, he coordinated the move that led to duty-free and quota-free access of LDC exports to the EU at the Third UN LDC Conference. He also worked for the emergence of Bangladesh as the largest troop contributor to UN Peace keeping operations.
WBO prays for the departed Soul and for the bereaved family Members.