FM Terzi rejects calls to resign over India marines case
Critics say turnaround exposed Italy to 'ridicule'22 March, 11:31
Earlier it had sparked the ire of the Asian nation by saying the servicemen would not go back on the expiry of a four-week permit for home leave on March 22 on grounds that India did not have jurisdiction over the case as the incident had taken place in international waters. Terzi said the ensuing diplomatic row had been ''necessary'' to ensure the men would not face the death penalty if convicted in India.
However critics said the turnaround had exposed Italy to "ridicule" and called for the country's chief diplomat to resign. On Friday the Indian government expressed its satisfaction at Italy's decision.