Heartfelt loss following Senegal envoy’s demise


  • Nation
  • Friday, 11 Sep 2020

PETALING JAYA: A sombre mood prevailed at the Senegal Embassy as staff and fellow diplomats mourned the loss of Senegalese Ambassador to Malaysia Fatou-Danielle Diagne (pic).

They were still reeling in shock over her sudden demise on Wednesday, as she is said to have always appeared healthy with no sign of any serious health issue.

Diagne, 65, died of a heart attack at 5.05am, about two hours after she was rushed to hospital after complaining of chest pains.

Her secretary Shahfeena Abdullah described Diagne as jovial, humble, strong and friendly.

“She was a person of great stature with an equally great personality. I have served three ambassadors over the last seven years.

“She was also good at consoling others, and she gave me sound advice. Her words of encouragement meant a lot to a single mother like me,” said Shahfeena.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, in a condolence message, said Diagne had played an active role in strengthening Malaysia-Senegal relations, and said her contributions would always be remembered.

Wisma Putra secretary-general Datuk Seri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob also expressed sadness over the envoy’s death.

“Undoubtedly, she contributed towards the strengthening of bilateral relations between Malaysia and Senegal, reflected among others, by the visit of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Senegal in 2019,” he said.

Diagne was posted to Malaysia in December 2018. According to an embassy staff member, the envoy’s remains would likely be flown to Dakar tomorrow, accompanied by her husband and youngest son.

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