BEIJING - China on Wednesday said the festering issue of blacklisting Masood Azhar at the UN was moving towards a “settlement” and asked the US not to push through its own resolution to list him.
China’s foreign ministry rejected reports that said the US, the UK, and France had asked China to lift the “technical hold” against listing Azhar at a UN sanctions committee by April 23, failing which the three will move a resolution for discussion, vote and passage at the UN Security Council (UNSC).
“On the issue of the listing of Masood Azhar, China’s position remains unchanged. We are also having communication with relevant parties and the matter is moving towards the direction of settlement,” foreign ministry spokesperson, Lu Kang said at the regular ministry briefing on Wednesday.
Responding to a question on the US move, Lu said: “Regarding what you said, relevant parties are forcing a new resolution through the security council. We firmly oppose that.”