On Tuesday, the US said that Masood Azhar meets the criteria to be designated as a global terrorist and not doing so is against regional stability and peace.

Ahead of the crucial meeting at UN Security Council on the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief, the US said the same.

Three permanent members of the UNSC — the United States, Britain and France — have moved a resolution to designate Azhar as a global terrorist.

“Azhar is the founder and the leader of the JeM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters.

In response to a question on previous successful attempts by China to block the UN designation of Azhar, Palladino said, “The United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal.”

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