“We met in the backdrop of an unfortunate incident... There is a very strong public opinion on both sides. Minister Terzi and I agreed that we need to clear the air so people in both countries are reassured” Krishna said after the meeting.
In the afternoon, Terzi travelled to Kochi to meet the two Italian Mariners detained for the killing.
Asserting that there were “differences of opinion” between India and Italy over the incident, Terzi said, “I have explained frankly the position of our government on the legal aspect... There is a difference of opinion and it has not been resolved.
We hope to pursue the matter in a friendly spirit, understanding and cooperation.”
India wants the law of the land to take its course, while Italians want the marines to be tried under their law, citing article 97 of the United Nations Convention on Law of the sea.