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Sushma raises Masood issue with Chinese counterpart

India approached UN in Feb to include Azhar in UNSC's 1267 sanctions list

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Publish Date: Apr 18 2016 3:53PM | Updated Date: Apr 19 2016 2:28PM

Sushma raises Masood issue with Chinese counterpart

 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj raised the issue of China vetoing India's bid at the UN to ban Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, during her meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Moscow on Monday.

“The external affairs minister raised the issue of listing of Masood Azhar in the UN 1267 Committee and emphasised that as common victims of terrorism, China and India should cooperate in combating this challenge,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said after the meeting between two leaders on the sidelines of the Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministers' meeting. 
“It was agreed that the two sides would remain in touch on this matter,” he said.
India approached UN in February to include Azhar in UN Security Council's 1267 sanctions list, after the Pathankot airbase terror attack. In the attack in early January by JeM terrorists, seven Indian security persons were killed.
However, China asked the UN sanctions committee to keep on hold the Indian move, saying that Azhar did not meet the UN criteria to be banned as a terrorist. 
India has expressed dissatisfaction at the "technical hold" put on its application to include Azhar in the UN sanctions list.
During Monday's meeting, Sushma Swaraj and Wang also reviewed the state of bilateral relations. 
They assessed the implementation of decisions taken during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China in May last year. 
Swarup said the two ministers noted the significance of high-level exchanges contemplated this year, including the ongoing visit of Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar to China. 
China will be hosting the G20 Summit, and India the BRICS Summit in 2016. 
“The ministers appreciated the expanding trade and investment ties between India and China,” the spokesman said.