Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 30, 2015 09:16 ET

Media Advisory: Presentation of Letters of Credence at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 30, 2015) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will receive the letters of credence of four new heads of mission on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 2 p.m., at Rideau Hall.

His Excellency Vijavat Isarabhakdi
Ambassador-designate of the Kingdom of Thailand
His Excellency Hocine Meghar
Ambassador-designate of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
His Excellency John Lepi Lanyasunya
High Commissioner-designate for the Republic of Kenya
His Excellency Vishnu Prakash
High Commissioner-designate for the Republic of India

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 in advance and
arrive at the Princess Anne entrance no later than 1:45 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.

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