EAM Sushma Swaraj raises Pulwama terror attack with Chinese Foreign Min

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday raised the recent Pulwama suicide attack in her crucial bilateral meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, a day after India destroyed a major Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) terror training camp in Pakistan.

‘I am visiting China at a time when there is grief and anger in India. It is the worst terrorist attack directed against our security forces in Jammu and Kashmir,’ she said in her opening remarks during the meeting held on the side-lines of Russia, India, China Foreign Ministers meeting.

‘The attack was carried out by Jaish-e-Muhammed, the Pakistan-based and supported terrorist organisation,’ she said.

Following the incident, India bombed and destroyed JeM’s biggest training camp in Balakot in Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, about 80-km from the Line of Control (LoC) early Tuesday, killing a ‘very large number’ of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders.

Stating that the JeM is banned by the UN and other countries, Swaraj told Wang that this terrorist attack is the direct result of the impunity and cover provided to the JeM and its leaders by the Pakistani side.

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Swaraj who arrived here early this morning told Wang that this is their first meeting this year and therefore an opportune time for the two sides to take stock of the bilateral relations and look ahead for cooperation.

‘The India-China relationship is an important relationship for both of our countries’ she said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, responding to India’s airstrikes on terrorist camps in Pakistan told that ‘we have taken note of relevant reports.’

‘I want to say that India and Pakistan are both important countries in South Asia. A sound relationship and cooperation between the two serves the interests of both the countries and peace and stability in South Asia,’ he said.

‘We hope that the parties remain restrained and do more to improve their bilateral relations,’ he said.

Lu also said that Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Muhammad Qureshi also spoke to Wang on Monday over the tensions related to the Pulwama attack.

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