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No Italian query on marines during Sushma’s Rome visit, says govt

No question regarding the status of the two Italian marines alleged to have shot dead two Indian fishermen was raised during external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Rome last weekend, the government said on Wednesday.

india Updated: Sep 07, 2016 17:36 IST
Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are accused of killing two Indian fishermen.
Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are accused of killing two Indian fishermen.(Agency File Photo)

No question regarding the status of the two Italian marines alleged to have shot dead two Indian fishermen was raised during external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Rome last weekend, the government said on Wednesday.

“No such assurance was sought or given,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted in response to a query.

“Marines remain under jurisdiction of Supreme Court of India. Matter is under arbitration.”

India-Italy relations have been frosty for the past four years after the two Italian marines aboard a cargo vessel allegedly shot two fishermen dead off the Kerala coast mistaking them for pirates.

Both marines have since received conditional permission from the Supreme Court, which directed they would have to return if summoned.