Sushma raises Masood Azhar ban issue with China

RSTV Bureau
Sushma Swaraj leaving for the two nation tour. Photo: Twitter/MEAIndia

Sushma Swaraj leaving for the two nation tour.
Photo: Twitter/MEAIndia

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj raised issue of Jaish-e-Mohammed with her Chinese counterpart Wang in Moscow today. Sushma spoke to Chinese Foreign Minister about Chinas attempts to India’s bid at the UN to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar who is designated as a terrorist by the UN.

In her opening remarks, Swaraj said the relations have seen significant improvement in the last one year and favoured frequent meetings between the two sides to step up engagement.

“We are meeting after a long gap and I think we should meet quite frequently. Because things are moving very fast in the world and if we meet frequently, we will be able to deliberate on those,” said Swaraj.

The Chinese Foreign Minister said both the countries need to stay focused on expanding the ties and should align “our strategies” so as to contribute significantly to development of Asia and the world.

“We are two developing countries and emerging markets and we both face the challenging task of promoting economic development and realize national rejuvenation,” said Wang.

Wang said that India and China need to stay focused on improving relationship align strategies and step up our partnership for the development of Asia.

Earlier this month, China stopped UN sanctions committee from designating Azhar as terrorist, maintaining that the case “did not meet the requirements” of the Security Council.

China defended its decision last week, saying that it acts on such issues based on facts and rules in an “objective and just manner”.

United Nations had banned the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in 2001 but it could not impose sanctions on Azhar as China which enjoys the veto powers disallowed the ban at the behest of Pakistan. India has been pushing for a ban on Azhar since 2008 Mumbai blasts.

After the attack on the airbase in Pathankot on January 2, India had in February written to the UN calling for immediate action to list Azhar under the UN Sanctions Committee.

Besides attending the RIC meeting, Swaraj is also expected to have a bilateral meet with her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

Sushma Swaraj, who is on a two-nation visit, arrived in Moscow on Monday toattend the annual Foreign Ministers’ meeting of Russia, India and China (RIC).

Swaraj reached Moscow after a successful visit to In Iran where she had a wide range of engagements with President Hassan Rouhani and several other top leaders.