Presentation of Letters of Credence

October 19, 2017 

Presentation of Letters of Credence at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will receive the letters of credence of five new heads of mission during a ceremony on
Monday, October 23, 2017, at 10 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

His Excellency Adeyinka Olatokunbo Asekun
High Commissioner-designate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 

His Excellency Mohamed Imed Torjemane
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Tunisia 

His Excellency Martin Alberto Vizcarra Cornejo
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Peru 

His Excellency Felix Nicolas Mfula
High Commissioner-designate of the Republic of Zambia 

Her Excellency Kelly Craft
Ambassador-designate of the United States of America 

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 170 heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Canada.


Media wishing to cover the event must be accredited with the Parliamentary Press Gallery and are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office in advance. Media should arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 9:45 a.m.

Media information:

Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-852-3248 (cell)

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