Media Advisory - Presentation of Letters of Credence at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, June 21, 2017 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will receive the letters of credence of five new heads of mission during a ceremony on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 9 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

His Excellency Noukpo Clement Kiki
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Benin

His Excellency Dionisio Pérez Jácome
Ambassador-designate of the United Mexican States

His Excellency Konstantine Kavtaradze
Ambassador-designate of Georgia

Her Excellency Kareen Rispal
Ambassador-designate of the French Republic

Her Excellency Rima Aladeen
Ambassador-designate of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

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 8:45 a.m. on the day of the event.

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SOURCE Governor General of Canada

For further information: Media information: Josephine Laframboise, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-990-9324, 613-668-1929 (cell),

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