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Media Advisory: Presentation of Credentials at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 12/12/12 -- His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will receive the credentials of three ambassadors and one high commissioner on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 2 p.m., at Rideau Hall.

His Excellency Tuncay Babali

Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Turkey

His Excellency Nirmal Kumar Verma

High Commissioner-designate for the Republic of India

His Excellency Vadym Prystaiko

Ambassador-designate of Ukraine

His Excellency Akan Ismaili

Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Kosovo

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.

Credentials 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 140 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 1:45 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.

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