LONDON, United Kingdom, 7th March 2016.- The Director General of the Matias Romero Institute for Diplomatic Studies of Mexico (IMR,for its acronym in Spanish) Natalia Saltalamacchia, achieved a working visit to the United Kingdom, in order to promote academic cooperation between both countries.

The head of the decentralised academic institution of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with Jon Davis, Director of the British Diplomatic Academy and various specialists, to move towards the implementation of the MoU which both institutions signed in 2015, as part of the Dual Year celebrated between Mexico and the UK, as well as some projects to be developed in 2016.

During the working visit held from the 1st to the 3rd March, the Director of the Institute created in 1974 which main goal is educating and training Mexican diplomats, visited King´s College London, where she was invited to the offices of the Centre for Mexican Studies of UNAM, which is currently coordinated by PhD Luis Duran.

In the Moor Court auditorium of the King´s College she offered a lecture on the importance of multilateralism as part of the foreign policy of Mexico to position it as a modern actor with global responsibility, which was attended by students, academics and diplomats led by the Ambassador of Mexico, Diego Gomez-Pickering.

Likewise, PhD Saltalamacchia also exchanged points of view with Prof. Joseph Mifsud, Director of the London Academy of Diplomacy and with representatives of the FCO, such as Jonathan Williams, Head of the Mexico, Cuba and Central America Team, John Heppenstall, Desk Officer for Mexico and the research analyst covering Mexico, Ian Mason.

Saltalamacchia recalled that as part of its duties, the Matias Romero Institute organises courses and certifications on contemporary international politics, holds conferences and seminars with the participation of national and foreign specialists, and conducts various activities to disseminate foreign policy and international relations of Mexico, where academics, Mexican representatives as well as the diplomatic corps accredited in Mexico participate.