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Presentation of Letters of Credence

April 26, 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 three new heads of mission on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 10 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

Her Excellency Clarissa Sabita Riehl
High Commissioner-designate for the Cooperative Republic of Guyana

Her Excellency Hassana Alidou
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Niger

Her Excellency Elisenda Vives Balmaῆa
Ambassador-designate of the Principality of Andorra

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
613-990-9324 (office)
613-668-1929 (cell)

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