Betrayal on marines: India likely to ask Italy envoy to leave

Stunned by Italy refusing to send its marines back to face trial in India for Kerala Fishermen killing case, the diplomatic crisis between two nations is going to be heat up.

External Affairs Ministry Tuesday, reacting over Rome’s sudden action, summoned Italian ambassador Daniele Mancini.

Setting a deadline, India said Rome must stand by its commitment to send the marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone within four weeks to India, sources said.

Taking action against Mancini, the government has asked him to be presented before the next Supreme Court hearing that allowed the two marines to leave for their country to cast votes in Italy general elections.

Reports are also stated, amid talks are carried on with legal experts and law ministry officials to explore legal options as Indian govt is likely to make stand off with Italy diplomatic ties up. Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai held meeting on Tuesday with key MEA officials as the government considered its options.

Snapping up major ties ups includes closing its mission in Rome, cancelling business contracts to shut Italians in India, as well as stopping all diplomatic visits, are the major decisions that would be chances to taken by India, sources said.

India is being tried to take steps to regain lost ground said Italy was obliged to ensure that the marines return to India as per their assurance. Much disappointed PM Manhomah Singh called it ‘unacceptable’, while BJP along with Kerala Left threatened to call a strong protest.


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