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Italy-UK try to smooth over Nigeria hostage spat

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ROME (AP) -- Italy and Britain are trying to smooth over a diplomatic tiff about the bungled operation to rescue two hostages in Nigeria by saying it's urgent that Britain share information about the mission.

Italy has been incensed that it was only advised of the operation to rescue Franco Lamolinara and his British colleague Chris McManus once it was under way. Both men died Thursday during the British-Nigerian rescue operation in Sokoto.

In a joint statement Friday, the foreign ministers of Britain and Italy "agreed on the urgency of sharing full information to facilitate the reconstruction and understanding of these events."

The statement was issued hours after Italy's president said Britain's failure to consult Italy was "inexplicable."

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