Azhar Not Just Our Con­cern: In­dia Tells China

For­eign sec­re­tary Jais­hankar raises Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group, sanc­tions at strate­gic di­a­logue

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New Delhi: Im­pos­ing sanc­tions on ter­ror­ist Ma­sood Azhar is not solely an In­dian con­cern but has wide­spread in­ter­na­tional sup­port, New Delhi told Bei­jing dur­ing a bi­lat­eral strate­gic di­a­logue. The talks also saw China as­sur­ance that it was open to In­dia’s ap­pli­ca­tion to the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group though its’view on pro­ce­dures and pro­cesses’ were dif­fer­ent at the mo­ment.

For­eign sec­re­tary S Jais­hankar, who led the talks with Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry’s Zhang Ye­sui and his team, said that the ra­tio­nale be­hind the ap­pli­ca­tion for sanc­tions on Ma­sood Azhar was ex­plained to Bei­jing. “Pointed out to­day that this was re­ally be­ing pur­sued by other coun­tries, not by In­dia alone. The fact that other coun­tries were press­ing this ap­pli­ca­tion showed that there was broad in­ter­na­tional sup­port for this and con­cerns about Ma­sood Azhar’s ac­tiv­i­ties,” the for­eign sec­re­tary said af­ter the talks. On the NSG mem­ber­ship Jais­hankar said: “The Chi­nese side un­der­lined that they were open to In­dia’s ap­pli­ca­tion for NSG mem­ber­ship but they had their view of pro­ce­dures and pro­cesses and th­ese were some­what dif­fer­ent from where we are at the mo­ment and where we think most of the group is at the mo­ment.” The talks also touched on Afghanistan, mul­ti­lat­eral diplo­macy, counter-ter­ror­ism and nu­clear is­sues. “We had a par­tic­u­larly use­ful ses­sion on Afghanistan where we spoke about co­op­er­at­ing on de­vel­op­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing ca­pac­ity build­ing in Afghanistan,” Jais­hankar said. The In­dian side high­lighted that Chi­nese FDI had gone up and ex­changes at de­fence, se­cu­rity, eco­nomic and aca­demic lev­els had in­creased. “There was recog­ni­tion that the in­vest­ment cli­mate had im­proved in In­dia. Chi­nese FDI has gone up sub­stan­tially.”

BROAD SUP­PORT The fact that other coun­tries were press­ing this ap­pli­ca­tion showed there was broad int’l sup­port for this and con­cerns about Azhar’s ac­tiv­i­ties SJAISHANKAR For­eign Sec­re­tary

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