Italy continues to make efforts to get naval guards released

The unfortunate incident of shooting at two innocent fishermen in India by Italy navy guards is testing the relationship of the two countries as both stick to their firm grounds.

Several rounds of negotiations have been conducted between high officials of the two countries. However, no indication towards compromise has yet surfaced. According to the officers from Italy, India has no right to file a case on the alleged Italian navel guards since the incident took place in international water jurisdictions. Henceforth, the matter can only be resolved in international court. Whereby officials from India argue that the navel guards killed the Indian fishermen at their coast and they must be brought to justice in their country.

Staffan de Mistura, the deputy foreign minister of Italy said, “We do acknowledge and recognize that two Indian fishermen died. No one doubts it, and it is terribly sad.” However, he said that the guards shot at the fishermen assuming they were pirates attacking the Italian merchandize worth millions of dollars and it was their duty to do so. Moreover, he said that the incident took place in international waters. According to various sources, Italian foreign minister, Giulio Terzi plans to visit India in person on 29th February to talk to the officials over the issue.

On the other hand, junior Indian minister for foreign affairs, Preneet Kaur said, “Two innocent lives have been taken. The law will take its own course”.

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