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Presentation of Credentials

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May 17, 2011

Presentation of Credentials at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will receive the credentials of fourambassadors and two high commissioners on Wednesday,
May 18, 2011, at 2:30 p.m.
, at Rideau Hall.

Her Excellency Elida Petoshati
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Albania

His Excellency Damiano Beleffi
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of San Marino                

His Excellency Seng Soukhathivong
Ambassador-designate of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

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

His Excellency Muktar Djumaliev
Ambassador-designate of the Kyrgyz Republic

His Excellency Alieu Momodou Ngum
High Commissioner-designate of the Republic of The Gambia

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.


Media covering the ceremony must contact 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