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No query on marines during Sushma's visit to Italy

Relations have been frosty between two countries for the past four years after the two Italian marines shot two fishermen dead off the Kerala coast misidentifying them for pirates

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Publish Date: Sep 7 2016 12:33PM | Updated Date: Sep 7 2016 12:33PM

No query on marines during Sushma's visit to Italy

 No question on status of the two Italian marines, who allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen, was raised during External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to Rome last weekend.

 
"No such assurance was sought or given," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted in response to a query.
 
"Marines remain under jurisdiction of Supreme Court of India. Matter is under arbitration."
 
Relations have been frosty between two countries for the past four years after the two Italian marines aboard a cargo vessel allegedly shot two fishermen dead off the Kerala coast misidentifying them for pirates.
 
Both of them marines have since received conditional permission from the Supreme Court, which directed they would have to return if asked to.