Thaw in ties? Sushma meets Italian counterpart

In an indication of the thawing of relation between India and Italy, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj met her Italian counterpart Paolo Gentilon.

Published: 06th September 2016 03:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th September 2016 03:44 AM   |  A+A-

Sushma Swaraj_AFP

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. in Islamabad. |AP

NEW DELHI: In an indication of the thawing of relation between India and Italy, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj met her Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni on Monday — a first high-level meeting between the two countries after the bilateral ties hit rock bottom over the detention of two Italian marines for their role in the killing of two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast. Swaraj is in Rome along with a 12-member delegation to attend the canonisation of Nobel laureate and Missionaries of Charity founder Mother Teresa.

susma.jpgAnnouncing the meeting, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted: “Infusing new energy in India-Italy relations. EAM Sushma Swaraj meets Italian FM Paolo Gentiloni, holds talks.”

The two leaders reviewed the status of the bilateral ties. The relationship between New Delhi and Rome nosedived after India detained two Italian Marines — Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre — for the killings of two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast in 2012.   Italy had moved a UN tribunal which permitted Girone to fly home pending trial in India. Latorre is already in Italy over health reasons.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp