|Girish Shetti |||Apr 18, 2016 11:19 AM EDT|
(Photo : Getty Images.) India’s External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday strongly raised the issue of Masood Azhar with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday raised the issue of China's blockade against India's latest bid at the United Nations (UN) to enforce sanctions on Pakistani militant Masood Azhar with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
The issue was raised at the sidelines of the ongoing Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral summit in Moscow. This is the first time that India's highly ranked minister has raised Masood Azhar's issue directly with a Chinese minister.
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There is no information over what transpired during Sushma Swaraj and Wang Yi's meeting, but sources confirmed that India has conveyed its concern over China's latest UN snub in the strongest possible words.
Earlier last week, India slammed the use of "hidden veto," a scathing criticism that was believed to be directed towards Beijing. India claimed that the hidden veto did not enforce any accountability on permanent members and was misused to shield global terrorists.
"The procedures of unanimity and anonymity of the al-Qaida, Taliban and ISIS sanctions committees need to be revisited. The procedures of unanimity and anonymity result in a lack of accountability," India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, told the UN last week.
A consensus emerged in New Delhi that India needs to go tough on China after Beijing snubbed it at the UN last month. India is already contemplating passing strong trade sanctions against China, which would make it difficult for Chinese companies to invest in India.
Officials in New Delhi believe that China snubbed India at UN last month at the behest of Pakistan, India's arch-rival and China's closest ally in the region.
India in past too has often accused China of shielding several Pakistani-based militants at the UN and other international forums.
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