Sushma Talks Azhar with China, Slams Dou­ble Stan­dards on Ter­ror

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New Delhi: In­dia on Mon­day not only strongly raised with China its ve­to­toIn­dia’sbidattheUN­to­banJeM chief Ma­sood Azhar but also slammed the dou­ble stan­dards of some coun­tries in fight­ing ter­ror at the Rus­sia-In­dia-China tri­lat­eral meet in Moscow.

Swaraj took up the is­sue of Bei­jing’s po­si­tion on Azhar with her Chi­nese coun­ter­part Wang Yi at a bi­lat­eral meeting­inMoscowon­theside­li­ne­sof the tri­lat­eral meet­ing.

“The Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter raised the is­sue of list­ing of Ma­sood Azhar in the UN 1267 Com­mit­tee and em­pha­sised that as com­mon vic­tims of ter­ror­ism, China and In­dia should co­op­er­atein­com­bat­ingth­is­chal­lenge. It was agreed that the two sides would re­main in touch on this mat­ter,” E x t e r n a l A f f a i r s Mi n i s t r y Spokesper­son Vikas Swarup said with­out di­vulging fur­ther de­tails.

Ear­lier this month, China’s veto pre­vented UN 1267 sanc­tions com­mit­tee from des­ig­nat­ing Azhar as ter­ror­ist, main­tain­ing that the case “did not meet the re­quire­ments” of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and that Bei­jing re­quired more in­for­ma­tion to ban the fugi­tive much to In­dia’s dis­plea­sure. Fol­low­ing her meet­ing with Wang Swara­jad­dress­ingRIC­saidthe­group­ing must lead the world in fight­ing ter­ror­ism. “In­dia be­lieves that the fore­mostchal­lenge­tose­cu­ri­ty­con­tin­uesto be posed by in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism. TheRIC­coun­tries­mustleadthe­wayin get­ting the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to­geth­er­to­coun­tert­er­ror­ismthrough joint ac­tion, in­clud­ing at the UN. We must not fail in this re­gard. If we con­tin­ue­toad­opt­dou­ble­standard­sin­deal­ing with ter­ror­ism it will have se­ri­ous con­se­quences not just for our own coun­tries, but the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity as a whole,” she em­pha­sised.

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