Diplomatic events this week: Thai ambassador in a tug of war

Turkish Ambassador Selcuk Unal, fourth from left, and Sen. Anne Cools, second from right, with defence attachés, stand by a portrait of fallen Turkish defence attaché Col. Atilla Altikat on Aug. 27.

Turkish defence attaché Ersin Ozkan with Mr. Unal as they pay their respects to Col. Altikat, who was killed on his way to work Aug. 27, 1982.

Mr. Unal speaks in front of the bowlshaped wood and metal memorial constructed in honour of Col. Altikat and all fallen diplomats at the corner of Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Island Park Drive.

Defence attachés Capt. Fernando Borcoski (Chile), left, Capt. Marco Antonio Montero Gallegos (Peru), Col. Ersin Ozkan (Turkey), Col. Cezary Kiszkowiak (Poland), and Col.-Maj. Walid Zaouali (Tunisia).

Commander Brad Vizard of Australia, with Wing Commander Simon Hulme of the United Kingdom at a reception marking Turkey's Victory Day on Aug. 30 at the ambassador's home.

Spouses of defence attachés, Anyela Lozano (Colombia), Kinga Kiszkowiak (Poland), Aida Hamza (Tunisia), Pilar Montero (Peru), and Funda Ozkan (Turkey).

Carol Chatoor, spouse of the new high commissioner of Trinidad & Tobago, High Commissioner Garth Chatoor, with Carla Hogan Rufelds of the high commission.

High Commissioner of Brunei Kamal Bashah Ahmad with Mr. Chatoor at the high commission Aug. 31 to mark T&T’s independence.

Mobeen Khaja, president of the Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada, with Abrar Hashmi, counsellor at the Pakistani High Commission, at Pakistan's independence day event Aug. 14.

Pakistani High Commissioner Tariq Azim Khan addresses community members at a flag-raising ceremony outside the mission.

Rabia Kaleem and Musa Kaleem, members of the Ottawa Pakistani community, at the independence day event.

Community members Naushaba Khan, left, Sasha Aman, and Balaj Aman.

Thai Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi has a bit of fun in a tug of war at the annual ASEAN picnic.

Party-goers dig into authentic Asian food at the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations picnic on Aug. 26 at Vincent Massey Park.

Community members cheer on participants in the friendly tug of war, at a laughter-filled event.

Ambassador of Indonesia Teuku Faizasyah, and Dimas Firmantoro of the Indonesian Embassy.