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China says no change in position on Masood Azhar

IANS  |  Beijing 

A day after saying it shared India's concern about terrorism, on Tuesday said it still had issues in declaring Pakistani militant Masood Azhar as an international terrorist.

"At present, some members still have a disagreement over the listing matter," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said here.

Beijing has in the past vetoed India's proposal at the UN Security Council to add Azhar to the list of international terrorists, citing lack of solid evidence against the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief who is accused of plotting the Pathankot terror attack.

"We have talked about our position many times. We believe that the principles of objectivity and professionalism and justice shall be upheld," Geng said.

"stands ready to remain in coordination and communication with the relevant parties on this issue."

Beijing's reaction comes a day after and expressed growing concerns over and forged consensus with BRICS countries to step up the fight against

At the BRICS Foreign Ministers' meet on Monday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said was a victim of and shared India's concern.

Indian Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh said and agreed that posed a challenge to the whole world.



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First Published: Tue, June 20 2017. 14:20 IST