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Diplomatic Circles: Egypt, Kazakhstan, Qatar welcome diplomats, MPs to festive fêtes

Liberal MP Fayçal El-Khoury and Kuwaiti Ambassador Abdulhamid Alfailakawi laugh together at a Dec. 11 holiday reception hosted by the Egyptian ambassador at his home. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Kaoru Ishikane, wife of the ambassador of Japan; Greek Ambassador Dimitrios Azemopoulos; and Maria Enrica Francesca Stajano, the wife of the Italian ambassador. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Azemopoulos speaks to Bosnian Ambassador Srdan Lalic. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Yemeni Ambassador Jamal Abdullah Yahya Al-Sallal, Christian Embassy executive director Darlene McLean, and Roy Norton, chief of protocol of Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani, ambassador of the United Arab Emirates; his wife, Abeer Al Jasim; Aliaa Adel Saadeldein Elsherif; and her husband, Egyptian Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Left, Argentine Ambassador Eugenio María Curia laughs with Ambassador of Kazakhstan Akylbek Kamaldinov at Kazakhstan’s Independence Day party on Dec. 6 at the Chateau Laurier. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Kamaldinov, parliamentary secretary to the trade minister Omar Alghabra, Conservative Senator Victor Oh, and Liberal Senator Joseph Day. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Christian Embassy senior international representative David Imbrock, Conservative MP Harold Albrecht, Mr. Kamaldinov, his wife Olga Kamaldinova, and Christian Embassy executive director Darlene McLean, Mr. Albrecht’s wife. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Kamaldinov, Mr. Day, his wife Georgie Fraser Day, and Ms. Kamaldinova. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Jamaican High Commissioner Janice Miller, left, Guyanese High Commissioner Clarissa Sabita Riehl, right, and Qatari Ambassador Saoud Abdulla Zaid Al-Mahmoud at Qatar’s National Day party on Dec. 6 at the Chateau Laurier. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette and Mr. Al-Mahmoud. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

South Korean Ambassador Maengho Shin, centre, hosted a party to mark his country’s National Day and Armed Forces Day on Oct. 2 at the Chateau Laurier hotel. Pictured with him, from left, are Eric Walsh, former Canadian ambassador to Korea, Mr. Shin’s wife Dongmin Lee, Canada Korea Society president Young-Hae Lee, and Canadian Ambassador to Korea Michael Danagher (ambassador-designate at the time of the party). Photograph courtesy of the Korean Embassy

The Canada Korea Society held is annual general meeting on Nov. 20 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, featuring a talk by Foreign Affairs deputy minister Ian Shugart on Korean Peninsula relations. Pictured from left are: Mr. Shugart, Canada Korea Society president Young-Hae Lee, and Korean Ambassador Maengho Shin. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Presenting a CKS plaque to Mr. Shugart, centre, are, left, Canada Korea Society vice-president Andy de Schulthess and, right, Ms. Lee. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal chair and Canada Korea Society board member David Thomas, National Research Council vice-president of life sciences Dr. Roman Szumski, Carleton University professor and CKS board member Elliot Tepper, Mr. Shin, Kabahenda Kiggundu, Ms. Lee, Ms. Kiggundu’s husband and Carleton University professor Moses Kiggundu, and Robert C. Lee, the first Canadian resident trade commissioner to Korea. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

The ambassadors of Mercosur countries in Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, spoke at a talk on opportunities and diversification in trade between the trade bloc and Canada. It took place Nov. 15 at the University of Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Global Affairs Canada chief Canada-Mercosur trade deal negotiator Sean Clark, Uruguayan Ambassador Martín Alejandro Vidal Delgado, University of Ottawa Law Faculty civil law section dean Céline Lévesque, Argentine Ambassador Eugenio María Curia, Paraguayan Ambassador Inés Martínez Valinotti, and Brazilian Ambassador Denis de Souza Pinto. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

The European Union Delegation and Austrian Embassy hosted the opening of the 33rd EU Film Festival on Nov. 15 at the Ottawa Art Gallery, featuring an Austrian film screening and reception. Pictured are Canadian Film Institute executive director Tom McSorley, Austrian Ambassador Stefan Pehringer, and EU Ambassador Peteris Ustubs. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Ambassador of Spain Enrique Ruiz Molero and his wife, Leticia Herberg Carrera, with Kathleen Billen and her husband, Belgian Ambassador Johan Verkammen. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Polish first secretary Karolina Willmann-Duralska, Sasa Vračarić, and his wife and Croatian counsellor Martina Mihovilić Vračarić. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Inara Eihenbauma, wife of the Latvian ambassador, horses around with Mr. McSorley and Piret Lukk, wife of the Estonian ambassador. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Cuban Ambassador Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, Quebec Conservative Senator Ghislain Maltais, and Cuban Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz at a reception in the minister’s honour at the Cuban Embassy on Nov. 20. Freddy Rodriguez Santana photograph courtesy of the Cuban Embassy

Ms. Vidal, Mr. Malmierca, and Nancy Lussier, president of the Canada-Cuba Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Freddy Rodriguez Santana photograph courtesy of the Cuban Embassy

Mr. Malmierca, Independent Quebec Senator Pierre Dalphond, and Ms. Vidal. Freddy Rodriguez Santana photograph courtesy of the Cuban Embassy

Ms. Vidal, Export Development Canada senior vice-president of insurance and working capital solutions Clive Witter, Mr. Malmierca, and EDC’s vice-president of insurance underwriting Alexander Reid and vice-president of global business development Bruce Dunlop. Freddy Rodriguez Santana photograph courtesy of the Cuban Embassy

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