Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

September 17, 2011 13:21 ET

Media Advisory: Presentation of Credentials at the Citadelle of Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will receive the credentials of one high commissioner and 11 ambassadors during two ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., respectively, on Monday, September 19, 2011, at the Citadelle of Québec.

Representatives from the following six countries will present their credentials during the morning ceremony at 9:30 a.m.:

His Excellency Armen Yeganian
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Armenia
His Excellency Philippe Zeller
Ambassador-designate of the French Republic
His Excellency Juris Audarins
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Latvia
His Excellency Levan Metreveli
Ambassador-designate of Georgia
His Excellency Nam Joo Hong
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Korea
His Excellency Agostinho Tavares da Silva Neto
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Angola

Representatives from the following six countries will present their credentials during the afternoon ceremony at 2:00 p.m.:

His Excellency Oscar Mauricio Duarte Granados
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of El Salvador
His Excellency Leslie B. Gatan
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of the Philippines
His Excellency Ulrich Lehner
Ambassador-designate of the Swiss Confederation
His Excellency Constâncio da Conceição Pinto
Ambassador-designate for the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
His Excellency Somduth Soborun
High Commissioner-designate of the Republic of Mauritius
His Excellency Srđan Darmanović
Ambassador-designate of Montenegro

About credentials

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 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 the day before the event. They will have to show their accreditation at the Citadelle gate, and access the Ballroom through the administration door.

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