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Failure to designate Azhar as global terrorist runs counter to shared interest with China: US

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The US shares a mutual interest with in achieving regional stability and peace, and a "failure" to designate as a global terrorist would run counter to this goal, a in the said Thursday.

The comments, seen as veiled criticism of Beijing, came a day after blocked listing as global terrorist by the sanctions committee of the

The said will continue to work with the UN sanctions committee to ensure that the designation list is "updated and accurate".

"As the sanctions committee deliberations are confidential, we don't comment on specific matters, but we will continue to work with the sanctions committee to ensure that the designation list is updated and accurate," the said.

"With respect to China, the and share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and a failure to designate would run counter to this goal," he added.

On Wednesday, China put a "technical hold" on the designation of Azhar as a global terrorist, saying the move would give it time for a "thorough and in-depth assessment" of the case and help the parties concerned.

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 of the was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the (JeM) killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between and

The members had 10 working days to raise any objections to the proposal. Just before the deadline ended, China put a "technical hold" on the proposal seeking "more time to examine" it.

The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

"Our views on (JEM) and its founder are well known. is a United Nations-designated terrorist group. Azhar is the founder and the of JeM, and he clearly meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations," the said.

He said the has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 16:20 IST
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