Sushma Talks Azhar with China, Slams Double Standards on Terror
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.