US tells China, If Masood Azhar is not declared global terrorist then regional stability and peace

United States said,  Failure to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist would pose a threat to regional stability and peace.

Ahead of the crucial UNSC sanctions’ United States gave this statement, committee meeting to decide the fate of the Mumbai terror attack mastermind.

Responding to a question on China’s potentially blocking move, US Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said, “the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal.”

“Regarding Masood Azhar, the United States and India work closely together on counter terrorism efforts, and that includes at the United Nations. And our views on Jaish-e-Mohammed and its founder are well known. JEM is a United Nations-designated terrorist group. Azhar is the founder and the leader of JEM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations. JEM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace,” he said adding that the Trump-led administration is working to ensure that the designation list is updated and accurate.

Several reports suggest that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) 1267 sanctions’ committee decision on the JeM chief will be held on March 13. China is likely to block the move of Azhar’s designation as a global terrorist.

 

 

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