Italian Dy FM meets Khurshid on marines issue

New Delhi, Apr. 5 (ANI): Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Staffan de Mistura met External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid here on Friday to discuss developments in the case related to the marines following the lifting of the restrictions on the Italian envoy by the Supreme Court.

Khurshid provided the Italian Deputy Foreign Minister of an update of the developments since their meeting last month.

He also informed Staffan de Mistura of the steps being taken in compliance with the Supreme Court's directions at the last hearing and intentions of the Government of India to inform the apex court on April 16 of the efforts made to constitute a Special Court in accordance with the judgement of January 18.

Following the meeting, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, who is also holding charge of Foreign Minister, had a telephonic conversation with Khurshid on the same subject.

The Supreme Court has vacated its order restraining Italy's ambassador Daniele Mancini from leaving India as the two Italian marines, accused of killing two fishermen, returned to New Delhi to face the proceedings as per commitment given by him to the court.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir vacated its March 14 order by which it had restrained the ambassador from leaving the country after the Italian Government had refused to send back the marines. (ANI)

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