Issue of JeM chief Masood Azhar discussed with China: NSA Ajit Doval
Beijing: India and China today discussed the issue of China blocking India's bid at the United Nations to ban Jaish-e-Mohammed chief and Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said today.
During the 19th round of the two-day boundary talks held in beijing, Ajit Doval called on Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and discussed the outcome of the discussion with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.
While discussing issues of counter-terrorism with Doval, Li recalled his meeting with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar two days ago during which the both sides discussed the progress in bilateral ties.
"These meetings show smooth communication and close engagement between our two countries in political and security affairs. It also shows how both sides attach great deal of importance to ensure steady growth of China-India relations," Li said.
In the border talks with Yang, the two sides discussed the boundary question and other issues like counterterrorism, Doval told PTI.
Asked whether Masood Azhar issue figured, he said: "Yes, obviously when terrorism is discussed".
India in recent weeks was vocal about criticising China for putting a "technical hold" on India's recent bid in the UN to bring about a ban on Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Azhar for his involvement in the Pathankot terror attack.
Regarding Azhar, India's UN Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin spoke of "hidden veto" at a meeting at an open debate in UNSC on 'Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts' in New York on April 16, while External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar called for a review of China's decision to strike a common stand against terrorism in their meetings this week with their Chinese counterparts.
For its part, China continued to stick to its stand, saying that its decision is based on facts and fairness. On the talks over boundary, Doval said both sides want peace and tranquillity at the borders.
About India's emphasis that 3,488 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) be demarcated to prevent tensions between troops on both sides patrolling the area aggressively, Doval said New Delhi's stand is the same for quite some time.
There is nothing new about the suggestions, he said.
(with PTI inputs)