France says trying to put Jaish chief Masood Azhar on UN terror list for 2 years

France says trying to put Jaish chief Masood Azhar on UN terror list for 2 years

HIGHLIGHTS

  • France will be moving a proposal at the UN in a "couple of days" to ban Masood Azhar
  • France Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler said that the country is pushing in that direction
  • JeM has claimed responsibility of the Pulwama terror strike that left 40 CRPF personnel dead

France has said that the country is trying to get Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar on the UN sanction list since two years.

In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, on Wednesday said that they were very much pushing in that direction.

"We are very much pushing in that direction. It has been two years that we are trying to put him on the UN sanction list," Alexandre Ziegler said.

France will be moving a proposal at the UN in a "couple of days" to ban Masood Azhar, French sources said on Tuesday.

JeM has claimed responsibility of the Pulwama terror strike that left 40 CRPF personnel dead.

This will be the second time France will be party to such a proposal at the UN.

In 2017, the US, supported by the UK and France, had moved a proposal at the UN's Sanctions Committee 1267 to ban the chief of the Pakistan-based terror outfit.

However, the proposal was blocked by China.

The French decision was discussed between Philippe Etienne, Diplomatic Advisor to the French President and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval this morning, French sources said.

While expressing his sincere condolences, the French leader, who called Doval, also emphasised that the two countries should coordinate their diplomatic efforts.