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PM Modi Raises Masood Azhar's Listing As Global Terrorist With China's President Xi Jinping, Tells Him It Marks An Improvement In India-China's Strategic Communication

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:

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  • PM Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the listing of Masood Azhar in UNSC
  • He said that the JeM chief's listing indicated that the strategic communications between the two countries has improved at all levels 
  • Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar was listed as a global terrorist by the UNSC on May 1

PM Narendra Modi on Thursday conveyed to Chinese President Xi Jinping that the listing of Masood Azhar in UNSC indicated that the strategic communications between the two countries improved at all levels 

"PM noted what had improved between two sides is strategic communication and in that context, we have been able to resolve long pending issues like the opening of Bank of China branch in India and the issue related to the listing of Masood Azhar. Both leaders agreed that the outcome of Wuhan was a positive one and it was necessary to move the relation to other areas. PM specifically conveyed to President Xi Jinping and he agreed, that both sides need to raise expectations from the relationship. PM him to India for next informal summit, President Xi Jinping warmly confirmed his readiness to visit India this year," said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale during a news briefing.

Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar was listed as a global terrorist by the UNSC on May 1. China which had been vetoing the decision in the UNSC to make Azhar a designated terrorist had refrained from doing so in May. 

Earlier on Thursday, PM Modi took to Twitter and said that he had "an extremely fruitful meeting" with President Xi Jinping, stating that their talks included the full spectrum of India-China relations. He further added that the two countries shall continue working together to improve economic and cultural ties between the nations

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The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc. Its founding members include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan were admitted to the Beijing-based regional security grouping in 2017. After becoming a full member two years ago, India has been actively involved in various SCO dialogue mechanisms.

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