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Ottawa Diplomatic Association looks to broker friendship with Parliamentarians

By Shruti Shekar      

Four stand-out foreign service officers took home top honours at the 2018 PAFSO Awards at a moving June 14 ceremony.

Members of the Ottawa Diplomatic Association and executive celebrate another year. From left: Mihailo Papazoglu, ambassador of Serbia, Sibongiseni Dlamini-Mntambo, high commissioner of South Africa, Clarissa Riehl, high commissioner of Guyana, Florence Chideya, ambassador of Zimbabwe, Naif Bin Bandir AlSudairy, ambassador of Saudi Arabia, Janice Miller, high commissioner of Jamaica, Toni Dimovski, ambassador of Macedonia, Tariq Azim Khan, high commissioner of Pakistan, and Sosthene Ngokila, ambassador of Gabon. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
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The Ottawa Diplomatic Association (ODA) is in talks with Parliamentarians to form a joint group for better access to MPs and Senators, according to a member of the group's executive. Tariq Azim Khan, high commissioner of Pakistan, said ODA had a “preliminary” meeting with Liberal MPs Fayçal El-Khoury, Greg Fergus, Will Amos, and Steven MacKinnon to discuss “strengthening relations” between diplomats and Parliamentarians and to create a friendship group. Friendship groups are a type of interparliamentary body that—without

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