A victory for American diplomacy: Mike Pompeo on Masood Azhar

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After the United Nations declared JeM Chief, Masood Azhar, a global terrorist, the United States called the move ‘a victory for American diplomacy’. Welcoming the move, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated the US team at the United Nations.

“Congrats to our team @USUN for their work in negotiating JEM’s Masood Azhar’s #UN designation as a terrorist. This long-awaited action is a victory for American diplomacy and the international community against terrorism, and an important step towards peace in South Asia,” Pompeo tweeted.

On Wednesday, the US had said blacklisting the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief demonstrates the international commitment to rooting out terrorism in Pakistan.

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A White House official said that after 10 years, China has done the right thing by lifting its blockade. “I think China seems to have understood that it was increasingly important that it’s actions on the international stage on terrorism matched it’s rhetoric,” news agency PTI quoted the White House official as saying on the condition of anonymity. Pulwama attack, the official noted was just the latest in the terrorist attacks that this “deadly group” has conducted.

Keeping up the international pressure to designate Masood Azhar a global terrorist, the US, supported by France and the UK, had moved a draft resolution directly in the UN Security Council to blacklist him.

China, which had blocked moves to blacklist Masood Azhar four times, finally dropped its objections saying it “found no objection after a careful study of revised materials”.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday called it a ‘big victory’ in the fight against terror.

“From now on, whenever the country faces danger of any kind from anybody, we will enter their homes and eliminate them. If they fire bullets at us, we will fire bombs at them,” he said at an election rally.


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