Bangladesh Ambassador to Brazil and former Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes passed away in Brasilia, Brazil at 6 am (BST) on Saturday. He was 57.
He breathed his last in Brasilia Hospital at 9 pm on Friday (Brazil time), a senior diplomat at the Embassy told reporters.
He was earlier hospitalised in Brazil with respiratory problems and other complexities.
Quayes also served as a Foreign Secretary in the ministry during 2009-12.
He is survived by wife, two daughters and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his premature death.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday expressed deep shock at the death of Mijarul Quayes.
In a condolence message, President Hamid said the nation has lost a career diplomat at his death.
In a message Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, "With the death of Quayes, the countrymen have lost a skilled, patriotic and cultural-minded diplomat."
Both the President and the Prime Minister prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed their deep sympathies to his bereaved family members.
The Brazilian government also condoled his death.
“On behalf of the Brazilian Government, and myself, I would like to present my most sincere condolences to Ambassador Quayes’ family, his friends and to the Bangladeshi Government,” Brazilian Ambassador in Dhaka Wanja Campos da Nóbrega said in a message.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque also expressed deep shock at the sad demise of Quayes and conveyed their deep sympathies to his bereaved family members.
Terming him an outstanding human being, his colleagues said Quayes' death is an irreplaceable loss to the nation.
“We've lost one of the most meritorious, dexterous, literary and scholarly diplomats in Bangladesh foreign service. It's really shocking and hard to accept his final departure and absence like this,” said one of his colleagues praying for salvation of his departed soul.
Meanwhile, Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) expressed deep shock at the death of Mijarul Quayes.
In a condolence message, DCAB president Rezaul Karim Lotus and general secretary Pantho Rahman prayed for then eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed their deep sympathies to the bereaved family members.
His body is likely to be brought back home by Monday completing the necessary procedures there, a diplomatic source indicates.
Quayes’ wife Naeema Quayes and his youngest daughter are there in Brazil. His eldest daughter studies in London.
Quayes was appointed Bangladesh Ambassador to Brazil in July, 2014.
A career diplomat, Quayes was a member of the 1982 batch of BCS (Foreign Affairs) Cadre.
In his diplomatic career, Quayes pursued ambassadorship in the Maldives and Russia. He also served in Bangladesh missions in London (High Commissioner), Tokyo, Singapore and Geneva in various capacities.
He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Dhaka University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government (USA).
At the Kennedy School, he was an Edward S. Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management.