Italian and Indian foreign affairs ministers meet

Bonino reminds counterpart of desire to end marines trial

Italian and Indian foreign affairs ministers meet

Rome, July 16 – Italy will continue to press hard to see two marines facing murder charges in India returned home as soon as possible, Foreign Affairs Minister Emma Bonino told her Indian counterpart Tuesday. The Italian government has a "strong desire for an early conclusion" to the investigation and trial of the marines, Bonino told Salman Khurshid during a meeting in Budapest. Both were in Hungary on other diplomatic business but found time to meet. India has said that it hopes to conclude an inquiry by the end of August into the shooting and killing of two local fishermen by two Italian marines, who allegedly mistook them for pirates. Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are accused by Indian authorities of the double homicides of fishermen Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki in February 2012.

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