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Presentation of Letters of Credence

January 22, 2016

Presentation of Letters of Credence at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will receive the letters of credence of five new heads of mission on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at 10: a.m., at Rideau Hall.

His Excellency Agustín García-López Loaeza
Ambassador-designate of the United Mexican States

Her Excellency Anne Kari Hansen Ovind
Ambassador-designate of the Kingdom of Norway

Her Excellency Aminahtun Binti A. Karim
High Commissioner-designate for Malaysia

Her Excellency Marica Matković
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Croatia

His Excellency Mai Sayavongs
Ambassador-designate of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

His Excellency Sooroojdev Phokeer
High Commissioner-designate for the Republic of Mauritius
***This mission will present their letters of credence at a later date.***

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 9:45 a.m. on the day of the event.

Media information:
Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-1929 (cell)


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