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Masood Azhar 'issue will be resolved... this is only a technical hold': Chinese ambassador to India

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 17, 2019, 01.18 PM (IST) Sidhant Sibal

China's ambassador to India said Sunday that the matter of JeM chief Masood Azhar's listing as a global terrorist "will be resolved". He added that "this is only a technical hold which means there is time for continued consultations". 

Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui told reporters Sunday that the Chinese side "fully understands" the matter regarding Masood Azhar's listing and that it understands India’s concerns.

Zhaohui added that after last year's summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan, China, the cooperation between the two countries "is on right track". 

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"We're satisfied with this cooperation and are optimistic about the future," the ambassador said during Holi celebrations at the Chinese Embassy in Delhi. 

Indian Prime Minister and Chinese President Xi Jinping met four times last year starting with famous informal Wuhan summit followed by meetings on the sidelines of SCO, BRICS and G20.

Zhaohui's remarks come a day after India said, on Saturday, that it is cautiously confident that eventually Masood Azhar, will be listed as a global terrorist. 

India continues to work with members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) regarding his blacklisting under the United Nations.

India, on Saturday, expressed optimism stating that it will continue to push for Azhar's blacklisting for "as long as it takes". 

China has been blocking the listing of Azhar as a terrorist since 2009 and last week put a hold on his listing again for the fourth time. The hold continues for 9 months before which a decision on the JeM chief's blacklisting has to be made.

WION has learnt that New Delhi is willing to give more time to Beijing and is in touch with it. New Delhi said that China understands that terror remains a major challenge and that there are a number of terror groups located in Pakistan.

A government source told WION that India will wait patiently and will not rest until Azhar is listed, adding that New Delhi is prepared for a long haul.

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Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui told reporters that the Chinese side 'fully understands' the matter of Masood Azhar's listing as a global terrorist.