Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has congratulated the US Mission to the United Nations for their work in negotiating Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM’s) Masood Azhar’s UN designation as a terrorist. “This long-awaited action is a victory for American diplomacy and the intel community against terrorism, and an important step towards peace in South Asia,” said Pompeo.

A spokesperson for US Mission in the United Nations also said, “The US welcomes the addition of Masood Azhar to UN 1267 list. This listing requires all UN member states to implement an assets freeze, a travel ban, and an arms embargo against Masood Azhar. We expect all countries to uphold these obligations.”

The UN Security Council on Wednesday declared JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, a move that was being blocked by China for nearly a decade.

The decision of the UNSC’s 1267 Sanctions Committee came about two and a half months after the JeM carried out the ghastly terror attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama killing 40 CRPF personnel, an incident which, however, did not find a mention in the resolution adopted.

Following the decision, the sanctions committee that deals with Al Qaida and its affiliates voted on Pakistan-based Azhar’s designation placing him under stringent sanctions that include a freeze on his assets and travel restrictions, Pakistan announced it would comply with the mandate.

India hailed the decision, as a major diplomatic victory for India, which welcomed UN’s move, saying it was a step in the right direction to demonstrate the international community’s resolve to fight against terrorism and its enablers.

External Affairs Ministry (EAM) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said that the action is ‘in accordance with India’s position and in line with the information that India has shared with the members of the Sanctions Committee regarding terrorist activities’ of Azhar and the JeM.