Government of India is considering its options with ‘Chucking out’ Italian envoy as Italy ‘defrauds’ to save its ‘Sailors’ accused of murder. The nasty misbehavior of Italian Government, with ‘Criminal’ implications has got a very long list of future repercussions for not only Indo-Italian ties but also for the Italian image.
With a curious turn of events, according to the adamant Italian envoy it would take India to proclaim him a ‘persona non grata’ or an ‘unwelcome person’ to evict him.
In simple terms the Italian envoy has challenged the Indian Government to go ahead and ‘Kick him out’ instead of a simple ‘Chuck out’ – if only it has the guts to do it.
“I will not leave this country till a competent authority makes me persona non grata..I am more than glad to live in this country for years to come,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function when asked whether he was afraid that he may be asked to leave the country.
The Italian envoy said competent authorities in his country will give “finest” attention to India’s views on the whole issue.
“All that is said by the Indian authorities will receive the finest attention by the competent Italian authorities. I conveyed this when I was summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs. We are here to stay,” he said.
“We are very keen to work in all posible manners with the Indian government. We are two friendly nations…We want to work with Indian authorities,” he said stressing that there should be separation of the “critical legal issue” from the bilateral relations.
Italy’s refusal to send back its two marines triggered diplomatic stand-off with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warning Italy of “consequences” for bilateral ties if it did not send them back to face trial.
The two accused marines Massimiliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone were permitted by the Supreme Court on February 22 to go to Italy for four weeks to cast their votes in general elections following a written assurance by Mancini that they will return by March 22. There are also demands that the Ambassador be expelled from the country.
The two marines are charged with homicide for killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast in February last year in an anti-piracy operation.
The stand-off between India and Italy is fast snowballing into a diplomatic crisis. Two days after Italy refused to send its marines back to stand trial in Indian fishermen murder case, India is taking steps to regain lost ground. Sources have told CNN-IBN that the Italian ambassador to India Daniele Mancini will be asked to leave.