Letters of Credence and Winter Diplomatic Reception

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.

His Excellency Adriatik Kryeziu
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Kosovo

His Excellency Pedro Henrique Lopes Borio
Ambassador-designate of the Federative Republic of Brazil

Her Excellency Fatima Braoulé Méïté
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Mali 

His Excellency Ajay Bisaria
High Commissioner-designate for the Republic of India

His Excellency Aly Diané
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Guinea

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.

In the evening, the Governor General hosted the Winter Diplomatic Reception at Rideau Hall. She was joined by members of the Diplomatic Corps to Canada.