OTTAWA, ON, September 9, 2021 / CNW / – Today, Her Excellency the Right Honorable Mary May Simon, Governor General of Canada, welcomed four new ambassadors to Canada during a formal presentation ceremony at Rideau Hall.

Upon arrival in Canada, new high commissioners and ambassadors must present their credentials to the governor general before they can assume their duties. Credentials are the official documents that accredit a diplomat as an ambassador or high commissioner in another country.

These types of ceremonies underscore the important role of the Governor General as a representative Canada, building bridges with other nations to achieve common goals and fostering diversity and acceptance.

The following new Ambassadors presented their credentials:

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

Fast facts:

  • One of the main responsibilities of the Governor General is to represent Canada at home and abroad.
  • The Governor General is to officially welcome to Canada both high commissioners of countries of which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is not the head of state and ambassadors before they can exercise their functions.
  • A High Commissioner is a representative of a Commonwealth country.
  • An ambassador is a representative of a country that is not part of the Commonwealth.
  • At present, more than 180 missions are accredited with Canada.

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