Supported by France and the UK, the US has directly moved a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
The move comes two weeks after China put a hold on a proposal to blacklist Azhar.
UN sources said that this is the first time the three countries have moved a draft resolution directly in the Security Council to designate Azhar.
However, reacting to the development Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Washington’s move only complicates the issue.
On March 15, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said India has secured unprecedented support from the international community for listing of Azhar under the UN Sanctions Committee.
She had said this year the proposal was moved by USA, France and UK and supported by 14 of the 15 UN Security Council Members and also co-sponsored by Australia, Bangladesh, Italy and Japan-non members of the Security Council this year.