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Diplomatic Circles: Parliamentary secretary speaks at Africa Day, Israel toasts to 70 years with Canada

Moroccan musicians perform at the annual Africa Day reception on May 23 organized by African heads of mission at the Chateau Laurier hotel. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Cameroonian High Commissioner Solomon Azoh-Mbi, parliamentary secretary to the foreign minister Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, who spoke at the event, Karima Eboo, and her husband, Mahmoud, resident representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Moroccan Ambassador Souriya Otmani, Senegalese Ambassador Vivianne Laure Bampassy, Rwandan Acting High Commissioner Shakilla Umutoni, and Ugandan deputy head of mission Margaret L. Kyogire. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Egyptian Ambassador Ahmed Mahmoud A. Abu Zeid, whose country currently leads the African Union, laughs with Ms. Goldsmith-Jones, and Ambassador of Chad Mahamat Ali Adoum, the regional dean for Africa. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Adoum, South African High Commissioner Sibongiseni Dlamini-Mntambo, Ms. Goldsmith-Jones, Tunisian Ambassador Mohamed Imed Torjemane, and Mr. Abu Zeid. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Israel’s ambassador to Canada, Nimrod Barkan, Conservative MP David Sweet, and his wife Almut at Israel’s official residence for a May 27 reception to mark 70 years of Canada-Israel diplomatic ties.

Mr. Barkan and his wife Shlomit Shulov Barkan.

Liberal MP Michael Levitt and NDP MP Matthew Dubé.

Mr. Barkan, Deputy Secretary of Ukraine's Security and Defence Council Serhiy Kryvonos and Ukraine Ambassador Andriy Shevchenko.

Hungary Ambassador Bálint David Ódor, South Korean Ambassador Maeng-ho Shin, and Latvian Ambassador Karlis Eihenbaums.

Mr. Barkan and International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr share a toast.

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