Italy recalled its Ambassador to India Giacomo Sanfelice for “consultations,” on a day the Kerala Police filed a charge sheet against Italian marines Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone before the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Kollam in the killing of two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast three months ago.
The Italian gesture of displeasure over the charge sheet did not go down well with South Block.
According to India, Italy should have remained engaged than opting for this course of action.
Rome is angry with New Delhi not paying attention to its plea to let the marines be tried in Italy because the shooting incident occurred in international waters.
Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Staffan De Mistura, who is in Kerala, met the marines on Thursday and described the killings as “accidental.”