(VELINO) Roma, 13 May - The Chief of Consular Office of the Italian embassy in M...

(VELINO) Roma, 13 May - The Chief of Consular Office of the Italian embassy in Mexico will visit Guadalajara on May 26 and 27 for a meeting with the resident Italian community and to collect fingerprints for passport renewal applications. Similar missions will take place in other parts of the country over the coming months, all of which will be flagged up on the embassy website. There have been other initiatives of this type since the start of the year: in Veracruz and Cordoba on March 17 and 18, and Playa del Carmen on Feb. 3 and 4. The Italian embassy has a twofold aim with these missions: on the one hand to provide a strategic service to fellow citizens, so they don't have to travel to fill in some of the paperwork necessary to obtain passports. On the other hand, the mission seeks to find out "in the field" the needs and problems faced by Italians living in these areas, while at the same time making them feel "closer" to the national diplomatic network. To this end a series of honorary consulates have been opened recently: Playa del Carmen and Guadalajara, in addition to existing ones such as Monterey, Puebla, Queretaro, Tampico, Veracruz and Cancun (opening soon). There are also honorary vice consulates and agencies in Chiapas, Oaxaca and in Belize. vel