NEW DELHI: Chinese ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui on Sunday expressed confidence that the issue of ban on Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist will be resolved.

“Regarding Masood Azhar, we fully understand and we fully believe this matter. We understand India’s concerns and are optimistic that this matter will be resolved,” Luo Zhaohui was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

“This matter (Masood Azhar on UNSC 1267 list) will be resolved. This is only a technical hold, which means there is time for continued consultations. It will be resolved, believe me,” Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui told ANI.

“After Wuhan summit last year the two way cooperation is on the right track, on fast track. We are satisfied with this cooperation, optimistic about the future,” Luo Zhaohui said during Holi celebrations at Chinese Embassy in Delhi.

Last Wednesday, the UN Sanctions Committee could not come to a decision on naming the JeM chief as a global terrorist after China put the proposal on hold. India expressed its disappointment at the outcome.

China has defended its technical block to the UN resolution to declare Masood Azhar as an international terrorist, saying it needed “more time” as it is “conducting a comprehensive and in-depth review” on the listing request put forth by the countries.

China said that it will continue “coordinating” with all the relevant parties to find a “lasting solution” to the issue if is to be resolved in a “responsible and sustainable way.”

For the fourth time in the last ten years, China has blocked a proposal by the US, the UK and France, among others, to enlist Pakistan-based Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN Security Council, despite his outfit carrying out the ghastly Pulwama terror attack on February 14, which killed 40 CRPF personnel.

A global terrorist tag under the UN’s 1267 committee would have led to a freeze on Azhar’s assets and a ban on travel and keeping arms.

India expressed disappointment over the development but vowed to continue to pursue “all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens” are brought to justice.

The United States also said that the failure to designate Azhar as a global terrorist “runs counter” to Washington and Beijing’s goal of regional stability and peace.

(With inputs from news agency ANI)





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