Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 12, 2014 10:20 ET

Media Advisory: Presentation of Letters of Credence at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 12, 2014) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will receive the letters of credence of five new heads of mission on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 10 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

His Excellency Héctor Virgilio Alcántara
Ambassador-designate of the Dominican Republic
His Excellency Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi
Apostolic Nuncio-designate for The Holy See
Her Excellency Rita Claverie Sciolli
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Guatemala
His Excellency Georgios Chacalli
High Commissioner-designate for the Republic of Cyprus
His Excellency Bakhtiyar Gulyamov
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Uzbekistan

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.

Letters of credence 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 by no later than 9:45 a.m.
on the day of the ceremony.

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