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Italian Premier Monti suggests relations warming with India

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London, April 11 - Outgoing Italian Premier Mario
Monti on Thursday suggested relations with India were warming
amid a row over two Italian marines on trial there for homicide.
"India appreciated Italy's decision to send the two marines
to India, after the Italian government received certain
assurances," said Monti, speaking to journalists at a G8 summit
of foreign ministers in London.
Monti has been serving as interim foreign minister since
Giulio Terzi resigned last month over the government's decision
to return Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone to India to
face charges of killing two fishermen, Valentine (aka Gelastine)
and Ajesh Binki, after allegedly mistaking them for pirates
while guarding a mercantile ship off the Kerala coast in
February 2012.
After a drawn-out diplomatic row, Rome agreed last month to
hand over the men, whom India had temporarily paroled to vote in
Italian elections, to Indian authorities.
"The transparency of the Italian government has been
appreciated as helpful to the course of this issue," Monti said
in London.
Italy still contests India's right to jurisdiction, given
the incident took place in international waters, and has said it
is open to third-party arbitration.

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