LONDON, United Kingdom, 28th September 2015.- Ambassadors of Mexico in the United Kingdom, Diego Gomez-Pickering, and of the UK in Mexico, Duncan Taylor, signed a Memorandum of Understanding about Academic-Diplomatic Collaboration between the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs in Mexico (SRE) and the FCO in the UK.

The agreement will promote academic collaboration as well as the exchange of experiences and best practices among the newly formed British Diplomatic Academy and the Matias Romero Institute of Mexico (IMR), headed by Jon Davies and Ambassador Alfonso de Maria y Campos, respectively.

On 21st September, in the framework of the celebration of the event entitled "Two Ambassadors" organised annually by the Mexican-British Society to exchange views on major developments in the bilateral relationship over the year, the Director of the British Diplomatic Academy, Jon Davies, witnessed the signing as guest of honour and took the opportunity to emphasize that this is the first agreement undersigned by the British institution.

Ambassador Gomez-Pickering said that since its founding in 1974 the Matias Romero Institute (IMR) has become an institution of international excellence in the training of Mexican and foreign diplomats and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the meeting, the diplomats agreed on the great importance that the Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom and the Year of the UK in Mexico has had to bring both countries together and strengthen various aspects of the bilateral relationship.

Among the most important activities, they highlighted the visit to Mexico of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, in November 2014 and the State Visit made by President Enrique Peña Nieto to the UK from 3rd to 5th March 2015, atttending the invitation of Her Majesty The Queen.