Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

November 29, 2011 10:13 ET

Media Advisory: Presentation of Credentials at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will receive the credentials of two ambassadors and one high commissioner on Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 1:30 p.m., at Rideau Hall.

His Excellency N'Goran Kouamé

Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire

Her Excellency Marina Kaljurand

Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Estonia

His Excellency Steve D. Matenje

High Commissioner-designate for the Republic of Malawi

Upon their arrival in Canada, and before they can carry out their duties as heads of mission, new ambassadors, as well as new high commissioners of countries for which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is not head of State, must be officially welcomed by the governor general of Canada. High commissioners representing countries for which The Queen is the head of State are formally introduced to the prime minister of Canada.

Credentials are the official documents by which new heads of diplomatic missions are presented by their head of State as their official representative. Currently, there are more than 130 heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Canada.

Media covering the ceremony must contact the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne entrance no later than 1:15 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.

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