Presentation of Letters of Credence

June 27, 2018

Presentation of Letters of Credence at the Citadelle of Québec

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will receive the letters of credence of seven new heads of mission during a ceremony at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec on Friday, June 29, 2018, at 2 p.m.

Her Excellency Souriya Otmani
Ambassador-designate of the Kingdom of Morocco

His Excellency Akylbek Kamaldinov
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Kazakhstan

His Excellency Vasilios Philippou
High Commissioner-designate for the Republic of Cyprus

His Excellency Roger Julien Menga
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Congo

His Excellency Alphayo Japani Kidata
High Commissioner-designate for the United Republic of Tanzania

His Excellency Roberto Rafael Max Rodriguez Arnillas
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Peru

Her Excellency Svetlana Sashova Stoycheva-Etropolski
Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Bulgaria

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.


Media interested in covering the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. on the day of the ceremony. Accreditation must be shown at the Citadelle gate (Côte de la Citadelle, near the St. Louis Gate) prior to accessing the Ballroom via the administration door.

Media information:

Sara Régnier-McKellar
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-993-2569 (office)
613-301-2465 (cell)

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