New Delhi: India has been relentless in its pursuit of listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, said Ministry of External Affairs on Monday.
In response to a media query on discussions with China on the 1267 listing of JeM Leader Masood Azhar during Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale’s visit to Beijing, the MEA said, “We have shared with China all the evidence of terrorist activities of JeM and its leader Masood Azhar.”
“It’s now for the 1267 Sanctions Committee and other authorized bodies of UN to take a decision on listing of Masood Azhar. India will continue to pursue all avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice,” it said.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale is in Beijing for regular bilateral consultations. On Monday morning, Gokhale called on State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi at Zhongnanhai.
The meeting took place as both the countries grappled with a host of issues, including Beijing’s continued attempts to block efforts to list Pakistan-based Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.
In his opening remarks, Gokhale said it has been a year since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met at the Chinese city of Wuhan where the two leaders reached many understandings.
“As your Excellency said, we will work together with the Chinese side to deepen understanding to strengthen trust to implement the decisions that are taken by leaders and to do it in a manner in which we are sensitive to each other’s concerns,” PTI quoted Gokhale as saying.
He also referred to the “brisk” political exchanges since the Wuhan summit, including Wang’s visit to New Delhi to launch people to people mechanism and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is “looking forward to coming to China this year”.
Gokhale also held diplomatic consultations with Executive Vice Foreign Minister of China Le Yucheng and Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou.