Swaraj likely to raise Masood issue with China

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is expected to raise the issue of China blocking India’s bid to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar by the UN with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, whom she will be meeting on the sidelines of a trilateral in Moscow on April 18.
A day after Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said the Chinese action at the UN was raised at “fairly high level”, MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup today said, India was in constant touch with China on the matter and further action will depend on the outcome of “conversations” between the two countries.
Announcing Swaraj’s visit to Moscow to attend Russia- India-China (RIC) trilateral, Swarup said during her stay, the minister will hold bilateral meetings with senior Russian ministers and Yi to take stock of the issues of mutual interest.
Asked if Swaraj will raise the issue of Masood with Yi, the Spokesperson said,”all issues of mutual concerns and interests will be discussed.”
Asked about India’s future course of action viz-a-viz China, which has once again blocked India’s attempt at the UN to get Pathankot terror attack mastermind Azhar banned, Swarup said,”Our Position on this issue has been stated very clearly that there cannot be different standards to judge terrorism.
“This point is known to China, especially in the context of China’s oft-repeated concern on spread of terrorism and their desire to cooperate with us on counter-terrorism. This issue will be dealt with in the UN context. We are in constant touch with China on the matter.”

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