Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Monti 'open' to appear before House over marines row

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Rome, March 26 - Senate Speaker Laura Boldrini said
outgoing Italian Premier Mario Monti was open to appear before
the House on Wednesday following the resignation Tuesday of the
foreign minister amid criticism of the government's handling of
two Italian marines being tried in India for homicide.
More questions were raised Tuesday when outgoing Foreign
Minister Giulio Terzi voiced disagreement with the
administration in his resignation speech before parliament.
"My reservations had no impact. My voice went unheard," he
said, arguing that the government went against his wishes when
it sent Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone back to India
on Friday to face trial for allegedly killing two Indian
fishermen, mistaking them for pirates.
Rome had said they would not return after being allowed to
come home to vote in last month's general election, angering
India and sparking a two-week diplomatic tug-of-war.
"We hope that Monti is absolutely clear because our
international credibility is at stake," said Angelino Alfano,
secretary of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom
(PdL) party, which has long been critical of the premier's
handling of the situation.
"We appreciate the courageous and dignified act on the part
of the foreign minister".

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