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Italy recalls envoy over Marines issue

By The Assam Tribune

ROME/NEW DELHI, Feb 18 � A furious Italy today upped the ante in its standoff with India over the trial of its two marines by recalling its Ambassador in New Delhi and accusing Indian authorities of �unreliable� behaviour amid reports that Italian government may freeze bilateral accords.

Announcing Italy�s decision to recall the Ambassador, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said, �The Italian government has ordered the immediate recall of its Ambassador in India, Daniele Mancini, for consultations.�

Indian Ambassador in Rome Basant Kr Gupta was summoned to the Foreign Ministry and told that India was appearing to be drawing out the �affair� of the marines facing trial for allegedly killing two fishermen off Kerala coast two years ago. � PTI

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