September 9, 2021
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary May Simon, Governor General of Canada, received the letters of credence of the following four new heads of mission during a formal presentation ceremony at Rideau Hall:
His Excellency Oleg Vladimirovich Stepanov
Ambassador of the Russian Federation
His Excellency Bafétigué Ouattara
Ambassador of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
His Excellency Andrea Ferrari
Ambassador of the Italian Republic
His Excellency Hlynur Guđjónsson
Ambassador of the Republic of Iceland
The #GovernorGeneral plays an important role in strengthening Canada’s ties with other nations by officially welcoming new high commissioners and ambassadors to Canada.— Governor General of Canada (@GGCanada) September 9, 2021
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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.
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.