Indian leaders welcome return of Italian marines facing trial in killing of fishermen

Published March 22, 2013

| Associated Press

Indian leaders have welcomed Italy's decision to send two of its marines back to New Delhi to face trial in connection with the killing of a pair of Indian fishermen last year.

A dispute over the fate of the marines had clouded relations between India and Italy. The Supreme Court allowed the marines to return home last month to vote in the Italian election in exchange for a promise they would return within four weeks. Italy later announced the marines would not be coming back, and India threatened serious consequences.

The Italian government reversed course Thursday.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Friday that the government was "very happy" with Italy's decision. India's foreign minister, Salman Khurshid, said the relationship between the two countries was back on track.

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