The Embassy

 

 

MISSION

To represent Mexico in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and in other international bodies, in accordance with the statutes given by the Mexican government, promoting a good relationship between both countries. To safeguard the human rights of Mexicans living in the United Kingdom.

 

VISION

To extend and strengthen Mexico's foreign policy with the government of the United Kingdom, through actions on the different political, economic, social and cultural issues.

To solve the needs of the Mexican community in the United Kingdom, through short and long term programmes.

Historic Background

After the ending of the Independence of Mexico in 1821, Great Britain was the first european country to recognise the new Mexican Government. At the time, the United Kingdom foresaw an advantage in trading with Mexico.

In 1826, Great Britain officially recognised the sovereignty of Mexico by naming two plenipotentiary ministers and was "... in position to celebrate Friendship, Commerce and Navigation Agreements" with Mexico.

By 1837, the relationship with England was outstanding, and conversations took place to abolish slave trade. In 1838 the Government of Her Majesty Queen Victoria offered to mediate in the conflict between Mexico and France, due to some private legal suits. This eventually led Great Britain to intervene further in this matter. Later on, in 1851 Mexico participated in the Universal Exhibition that took place in London.

In 1861, the Mexican Congress suspended the payments of foreign debts. This caused the signing of a treaty by England, France and Spain  to intervene in Mexico. In 1862, the countries that signed the "Triple Alliance" broke up this agreement, however France did invade Mexico. The culmination of this internvention resulted in the appointment of Maximilian of Habsburg as "Emperor of Mexico".

Between 1877 and 1878, during the Government of General Porfirio Diaz, Mexico's relationship with England and France was restablished.

In 1878, the Mexican Government started a maritime policy to increase its commerce with Europe. By 1884, there were well established maritime routes.

During the Mexican Revolution in the early years of 20th Century, the bilateral commerce and the British participation in Mexican projects decreased considerably.

After the oil expropiation in Mexico in 1938, diplomatic relations between both countries were suspended.

In 1941, during Manuel Avila Camacho's Administration, relations between both countries were restablished and Charles Bateman was appointed British Representative in Mexico, while Alfonso Rosenzweig Diaz was commissioned Mexican Representative in London .

During the next decade, several British companies were established with mixed investments, and contacts between both countries increased. A large amount of Mexican scientists and engineers were given support to make postgraduate studies in Great Britain. In 1966, the first direct flight service between Mexico City and London was inaugurated. In the same year, the First British Industrial Exhibition was celebrated at the National Auditorium in Mexico City. By 1968, Great Britain was Mexico's fourth most important commercial partner.

After the visit of President Luis Echeverria to London in 1973, and the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Mexico in 1975, the friendship and cooperation ties were enhanced, especially after Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's attendance to a Summit in Cancun in 1981. In 1983 Queen Elizabeth II paid her second visit to Mexico.

In January 1990, President Carlos Salinas de Gortari paid his first visit to the United Kingdom, during which he met former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The visit of Prince of Wales in February 1993 gave the opportunity to reaffirm the cultural cooperation, through an agreement between CONACULTA and the British Museum .

The opening of the Mexican Hall of Prehispanic Objects in the British Museum , in september 1994 was a significant advance in the cultural relations between both countries.

Ex-President Ernesto Zedillo paid two visits to the United Kingdom, the first  in January 1996, and the second in October 1998.

During his second visit, the Combined Action Plan Mexico-United Kingdom was agreed, replacing the 1996 plan. This plan evinced that Mexico and the United Kingdom are natural partners for commerce and investment, and that they share a firm commitment on free trade.

During the successful visit to London in October 5th and 6th, 2000 of President Vicente Fox Quesada, Prime Minister Tony Blair showed a firm desire of visiting Mexico during 2001. President Fox later on would hold an official meeting with then Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

It is worth mentioning that commerce among both countries has been growing during the last years. In 2001 both imports and exports grew significantly. For imports, the increase was more than 13%, and exports grew more than 25%.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair visited Mexico City in August 2nd to 4th, 2002 , being this the first official visit of a British Prime Minister to Mexico . Ex-President Fox and Ex-Prime Minister Blair signed a Joint Declaration where they countersigned the commitment on the promoting of democracy, commerce and investment. During this visit, Ex-President Fox promised to visit the United Kingdom in November 2002, for the opening of the Aztec Exhibition in the Royal Academy of Arts.

During his visit to Great Britain ( November 11th-12th, 2002 ), President Vicente Fox Quesada paid a courtesy visit to Queen Elizabeth II and had a meeting with Prime Minister Tony Blair. He gave conferences about the opportunities that Mexican economy offers to foreign investment; about the new role of Mexico in the International scene; and about human rights in Mexico .

Ex-President Fox also opened the Aztec Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Centre of Mexican Studies at the University of Oxford.

Mexican Representatives

1827 - 1857
    1827
Tomas Murphy
In charge of the Mexican Delegation in London.
  1836
José María Gutiérrez Estrada
Plenipotentiary Minister Interim of the Mexican Delegation in London.
1837
Plenipotentiary Minister Interim of the Mexican Delegation in London.
  1839
Luis G. Cuevas
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
    1842
Tomás Murphy, Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  1844
Juan de Dios Cañedo
Minister of Rome, Her Majesty in Britain, and the King of France.
1858 - 1912
    1858
Tomas Murphy
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  1862
José Ramón Pacheco
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  1865
José Fernando Ramírez
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    1883
Ignacio Mariscal
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
1913 - 1933
    1913
Bartolomé Carbajal y Rosas
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  1915
Isidro Fabela
Confidential Agent of the Constitutionalist Government in England and France.
    1916
Juan Sánchez Azcona
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
    1918

Alfonso M. Sillez
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    1928
Gilberto Valenzuela
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    1929
Leopoldo Ortiz
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
    1932
Alberto Mascareñas
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
1934 - 1951
    1934
Javier Sánchez Mejorada
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
    1935
Leonides Andrew Almazán
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  1936
Narciso Bassols Batalla
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  1937
Primo Villa Michel
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    1941
Alfonso de Rosenzweig-Díaz
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    1945
Federico Jiménez O'Farrill
Plenipotentiary Minister to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
1952 - 1969
    1952
Francisco Asís de Icaza y León
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
    1957
Pablo Campos Ortíz
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
    1960
Antonio Armendariz Cárdenas
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
    1965
Eduardo Suárez Aranzolo
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
1970 - 1988
    1970
Vicente Sánchez Gavito
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  1973
Hugo B. Margain Gleason
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  1976
Manuel Tello Macías
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    1979
José Juan de Olloqui y Labastida
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
    1983
Francisco Cuevas Cancino
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  1986
Jorge Eduardo Navarrete López
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
1989 - 2000
    1989
Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    1993
José Juan de Olloqui y Labastida
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  1995
Andrés Rozental Gutman
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  1997
Santiago Oñate Laborde
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
2001 - 2013
  2001
Alma Rosa Moreno Razo
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  2004
Juan José Bremer de Martino
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  2010-2010
Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  2014
Diego Gómez Pickering
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland