New Delhi, February 18: The European Union on Wednesday expressed hope that a “speedy” resolution to the Italian marines issue would be found and that it would be according to the requirements of both sides. European Union Ambassador Joao Cravinho, to a media query here, also said that a seven-eight member European parliament team would be visiting India in mid March. To a question on the Italian marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, who are charged with killing two Indian fishermen, the EU envoy said that he hoped a decision would be arrived at soon “in conformity with Indian law and intertiol law”.
He also expressed hope that India would use its good offices with Russia to intercede in the Ukraine crisis as India has shown an increasing level of engagement on big issues on the global stage. “We hope that India, in its interactions with Russia, should express concerns with regard to territorial integrity (of Ukraine), with regard to maintence of ceasefire agreements that was agreed upon,” Cravinho said, adding” “We welcome the involvement of India.” Cravinho said the EU sees many “intersections” in the initiatives listed by the rendra Modi government and the bloc, especially in the field of growth and jobs, Digital India, urban development and counter terrorism.
He also hoped that talks on a India-EU Free Trade Agreement would get a fillip under the Modi government. (IANS)