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Presentation of Credentials

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September 21, 2010

Presentation of Credentials at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will receive the credentials of two high commissioners and six ambassadors on Thursday, September 23, 2010, at 2:30 p.m., at Rideau Hall. Throughout her mandate, the Governor General has accredited 186 ambassadors and high commissioners as their country’s representative in Canada.

During this ceremony, the Governor General will receive the following heads of diplomatic missions:

His Excellency John Raymond Bassett
Ambassador-designate of Ireland

Her Excellency Sofia Lastenia Cerrato Rodriguez
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Honduras

His Excellency Alex Crescent Massinda
High commissioner-designate of the United Republic of Tanzania

His Excellency Zoran Veljic
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Serbia

His Excellency Kaoru Ishikawa
Ambassador-designate of Japan

His Excellency Wael Ahmed Kamal Aboul Magd
Ambassador-designate of the Arab Republic of Egypt

His Excellency Teppo Tauriainen
Ambassador-designate of the Kingdom of Sweden

Her Excellency Dr. ‘Mathabo Tsepa
High commissioner-designate of the Kingdom of Lesotho

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. Approximately 10 presentations of credentials are held each year.


Members of the media wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 2:15 p.m.

Media information
Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office