Thailand, Benin, and Malaysia: Diplomatic parties this week

Leopoldine Abul-Goutondji, and her spouse, Ambassador of Benin Comlan Pamphile Goutondji, greet Madagascar Ambassador Constant Horace at their national day reception. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Amadou Adrien Koné, ambassador of Burkina Faso, with his spouse, Sétou Koné Sontié, with Mr. Goutondji and Ms. Abul-Goutondji at the Westin to celebrate Benin Aug. 2. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Kenneth Neufeld, director general at the Western and Central Africa bureau at Global Affairs Canada, and Mr. Goutondji cut the cake. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Malaysian High Commission chef Safura performs a cooking demo for guests at an Aug. 11 dinner hosted by the Malaysian high commissioner at her home. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Camrose Burdon, left, with Nadhila Mazlan, and her spouse, Tengku Zahaslan, Malaysian first secretary, at the dinner, a prize won by Jeanne Thomas in an auction held by the Heads of Mission Spouses' Association. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Ms. Burdon and Malaysian High Commissioner Aminahtun Karim Shaharudin taste some food. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Ms. Karim and her spouse, A.G. Shaharudin. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Dancers perform for a full room of guests at the Aug. 10 Thai reception at Ottawa City Hall in celebration of Thai Queen Sirikit's birthday. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

The hosts, Thai Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi and his spouse, Wannipa Isarabhakdi, with Rafael Barak, ambassador of Israel. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Pakistani High Commissioner Tariq Azim Khan with Canada's new chief of protocol, Roy Norton, and Mr. Isarabhakdi, celebrate Thailand. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

An intricate display of tropical fruits at the reception hosted by the Thai ambassador. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia