December 18, 2019
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, received the letters of credence of five new heads of mission during a ceremony at Rideau Hall.
Her Excellency Ruth Masodzi Chikwira
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Zimbabwe
His Excellency Yasuhisa Kawamura
Ambassador-designate of Japan
His Excellency Vice Skračić
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Croatia
Her Excellency Romy Vasquez Morales
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Panama
His Excellency Darius Skusevičius
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Lithuania
About the Presentation of Letters of Credence
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 180 missions accredited to Canada.