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Media Advisory: Presentation of Letters of Credence at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/02/14 -- His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will receive the letters of credence of six new heads of mission on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

His Excellency Marjan Cencen

Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Slovenia

Her Excellency Petronila P. Garcia

Ambassador-designate of the Republic of the Philippines

His Excellency Sturla Sigurjonsson

Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Iceland

His Excellency Raoul Delcorde

Ambassador-designate of the Kingdom of Belgium

His Excellency Kokou Kpayedo

Ambassador-designate of the Togolese Republic

His Excellency Beat Nobs

Ambassador-designate of the Swiss Confederation

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 covering the ceremony must contact the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne entrance no later than 9:15 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

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