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Marines issue: Italy may recall envoy

Italy on Wednesday said it could recall its ambassador to India Daniele Mancini for “urgent consultations”, a day after the Supreme Court refused the pleas of the Italian marines, accused of killing two fishermen in 2012, to spend Christmas back home.

The Italian government could recall its ambassador to India for “urgent consultations”, Italian foreign
minister Paolo Gentiloni was quoted by the Italian news agency ANSA having told Parliamentarians in Rome. However, the minister said that this did not mean Italy wished to cut diplomatic relations with New Delhi.

On Tuesday, the apex court had rejected pleas of Massimiliano Latorre, who is currently in Italy after he suffered a condition similar to stroke in September in New Delhi, seeking extension of his stay in Italy on health grounds. It also rejected the request of marine Salvatore Girone to travel there for Christmas, saying they cannot get such a “leeway”.

Meanwhile, Italian defence minister Roberta Pinotti said that the full physical recovery of marine Latorre was “a priority for the government and nothing will be done to jeopardise his condition”.
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