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China's dissent on Azhar counters mutual goals: US

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China's opposition to designate (JeM) as an international terrorist by the UN runs counter to its mutual goal with the US on regional stability, according to a State Department

As the founder and of the Pakistan-based JeM, Azhar "meets the criteria for the designation by the UN" as a global terrorist subject to its sanctions, Department said on Tuesday.

He leads the JeM, which has been designated by the UN as a terrorist organisation and "has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace", Palladino said during a news briefing in

has placed Azhar under its protection and vetoed moves to declare him a global terrorist that would subject him to UN sanctions.

"The US and share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and ... a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal," Palladino added.

After the Pulwama by the that killed more than 40 (CRPF) troopers on February 14, is spearheading a renewed effort with British and the US backing to put sanctions on Azhar.

About these efforts, Palladino said: "The US and work closely together on counter-efforts, and that includes at the UN."

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 09:36 IST
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