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State Visit by the President of Colombia

October 27, 2017

Governor General of Canada to Welcome
His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos Calderón,
President of the Republic of Colombia
 

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will welcome His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of the Republic of Colombia, to Rideau Hall on Monday, October 30, 2017, on the occasion of the President’s State visit to Canada.

The detailed itinerary of events involving the Governor General and President Santos can be found below: 

10:30 a.m.
Official Welcoming Ceremony
An official welcoming ceremony, with military honours, will be held at Rideau Hall. The President of the Republic of Colombia will conduct an inspection of a guard of honour. Both the Governor General and the President will deliver remarks on this occasion.
Rideau Hall Grounds
OPEN TO MEDIA 

11 a.m.
Meeting Between the Governor General and the President of the Republic of Colombia
Large Drawing Room, Rideau Hall
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY FOR POOL MEDIA—At the beginning of the meeting 

11:30 a.m.
Ceremonial Tree Planting
The President will plant a bitternut hickory tree (Carya cordiformis) on the grounds of Rideau Hall to commemorate his State visit to Canada. The wood of the bitternut hickory is known for its durability and strength, which reflect our countries’ important relationship. 

Close to 150 commemorative trees grace the grounds of Rideau Hall, the official residence of the governor general of Canada. They mark visits by members of the Royal Family, heads of State and other dignitaries.
Rideau Hall Grounds (off of Thomas Lane)
OPEN TO MEDIA 

7:30 p.m.
State Dinner
In honour of the President’s visit to Canada, Her Excellency will host a State dinner at Rideau Hall. The Governor General and the President will deliver remarks on this occasion.
Ballroom, Rideau Hall
OPEN TO POOL MEDIA—Official photo at 7:10 p.m., in the Reception Room, and open during remarks at the beginning of the State dinner in the Ballroom. 

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Media accredited with the Parliamentary Press Gallery must confirm
their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office. It is requested that members of the media arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to official events. For more information on accreditation, contact the Parliamentary Press Gallery at 613-992-6517.


Media information
:

Melanie Primeau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-993-2569
613-618-2691 (cell)
melanie.primeau@gg.ca 

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