Marines return row: Neither India won,nor Italy lost,says Khurshid

The Centre Saturday said that the Italy government’s decision to send back the two marines,facing trial for killing two Indian fishermen,exceeded the government’s expectations.

Written by Baninder Rahi | Chandigarh | Updated: April 16, 2014 4:17 pm

The Centre Saturday said that the Italy government’s decision to send back the two marines,facing trial for killing two Indian fishermen,exceeded the government’s expectations. It also showed that Italy not only respected,but also bowed to the Supreme Court’s decision,Union External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said.

“I appreciate the decision of the Italian government for sending back the two marines for their trial in India. By this act neither India won nor Italy lost anything. Both the countries share healthy relationship and by taking this decision,Italy proved that relationship would remain intact in future,” Khurshid said,adding the government has nor role to play in the issue,which is already pending in a court of law.

On Italian Foreign Minister,Giulio Terzi,resignation protesting his government’s decision,Khurshid said,it was Italian government’s internal matter.

The two Italian marines — Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone —- were sent back to India after a two-week diplomatic tussle between the two countries. They face trial in India for killing two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast last year,“mistaking them to be pirates”.

Khurshid,who here at the Center for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) to deliver the inaugural address on an international conference on Changing Scenario in South Asia: Leveraging Economic Growth for Collective Prosperity,also debunked the idea of bringing federalism while devising the foreign policy.

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