Both China and Pakistan are upset with the United States for moving a resolution at the UN Security Council for listing JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
The resolution moved by the US has the backing of France and the United Kingdom, two other permanent members of the UNSC.
Criticising Washington’s action, Pakistan said the move would weaken the UN sanction body 1267 UNSC committee while China said it would complicate the issue.
Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Mohammad Faisal, in his weekly briefing said, “We regret that a resolution has been circulated in the UNSC at a time when the matter was under consideration by the 1267 sanctions committee. Such efforts to circumvent the established machinery for this purpose will only weaken the 1267 regime.”
He added, “Any action outside the committee will undermine the integrity of the sanctions regime and must be avoided. Pakistan remains committed to fulfil its obligations under the UN Sanctions regime.”
Hours later, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “The US has bypassed the 1267 committee and directly filed the draft resolution to the Security Council. This is not in line with the resolution of the issue through dialogue and negotiations.”
He said the US action “will only complex the issue’ and asked Washington to ‘act cautiously and avoid forcefully moving forward this resolution draft.”