Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler on Wednesday said that his country is ‘pushing’ to put Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar on the UN sanctions list.
This will be the second time that France will put forth its proposal at the United Nations.
In 2017, France, supported by the United States and the United Kingdom, had moved a proposal at the UN Sanctions Committee 1267 to get Azhar declared as a ‘global terrorist,’ but it was blocked by China.
“We are very much pushing in that direction. It has been two years that we are trying to put him on the UN sanctions list,” Ziegler told ANI at the five-day Aero India 2019 show which began here today.
In #Bengalaru, I had the privilege of meeting Hon’ble RM Smt Nirmala Sitharaman #AeroIndia for a brief exchange on defence cooperation. I also reiterated 🇫🇷’s support to 🇮🇳 in its fight against terrorism in all its forms in international forums. #franceinindia pic.twitter.com/HhE4bN52Ut
— Alexandre Ziegler (@FranceinIndia) February 20, 2019
India’s attempts to list Azhar at the UN Security Council have been repeatedly blocked by China at the behest of Pakistan.
JeM had claimed responsibility for the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which more than 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives.