Media Advisory - Presentation of Letters of Credence at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, March 18, 2016 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will receive the letters of credence of six new heads of mission on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., at Rideau Hall.

His Excellency Sosthène Ngokila
Ambassador-designate of the Gabonese Republic

His Excellency Pavlos Anastasiades
High Commissioner-designate for the Republic of Cyprus

His Excellency Abdul Kareem Toma Mehdi Kaab
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Iraq

His Excellency Sooroojdev Phokeer
High Commissioner-designate for the Republic of Mauritius

His Excellency David John Newman
High Commissioner-designate for the Republic of Botswana

His Excellency Kadyr Toktogulov
Ambassador-designate of the Kyrgyz Republic

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.

Members of the media wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and should arrive at the
Princess Anne entrance no later than 1:15 p.m. on the day of the event.

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SOURCE Governor General of Canada

For further information: Media information: Marie-Pierre Bélanger, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-9166 (office), 613-852-3248 (cell),

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