Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

April 16, 2013 07:22 ET

Media Advisory: Presentation of Credentials at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 16, 2013) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will receive the credentials of five ambassadors on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

His Excellency José Fernando Moreira da Cunha
Ambassador-designate of the Portuguese Republic
His Excellency Julio Garmendía Peña
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Cuba
His Excellency Gian Lorenzo Cornado
Ambassador-designate of the Italian Republic
Her Excellency Micheline Abi-Samra
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Lebanon
His Excellency Norihiro Okuda
Ambassador-designate of Japan

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 170 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 9:15 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

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