No deal struck with Italy: Khurshid
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Mar 22: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today said no deal has been worked out with Italy for bringing back the marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen but the government has "clarified" to authorities in Rome that the case does not entitle death penalty.
Khurshid credited his Ministry, the Supreme Court and the position of his "senior" leaders for the return of the marines.
"We had no deal anywhere. No deal in Geneva, no deal in Colombo, no deal in Rome," Khurshid told reporters here.
Speaking about the assurances given to Italian authorities about not giving death penalty to the two marines, he said "We clarified, for their (Italian government) benefit and on their initiative, when they enquired and asked us, we clarified to them in writing that if the marines come back within the period that is given to them, which I believe is presumably till midnight 22nd today, they will be compliant with the SC order".
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