‘Chinese side was impressed with the clarity’ by PM Modi on 26/11 mastermind: India’s foreign secretary

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India on Wednesday raised the issue of 26/11 mastermind Zaki Ur Rahman Lakhvi with China and expressed concerns on the latter’s support for him in the United Nations recently.

The issue of China putting a ‘technical hold’ on India’s decision to corner Pakistan over Lakhvi in the UN dominated the conversation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Xinping when the two leaders met in Russia on the sidelines of the BRICS summit.

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During their 85-minute talks, foreign secretary told reporters, Xinping told Modi to continue with extensive discussions over Lakhvi.

He said, “There is a sense of new energy in India-China relationship. Yes, the issue of China’s support to Pak over Lakhvi did come up, PM did raise our concerns. The Chinese side was impressed with the clarity with which he conveyed our concerns on the issue.”

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Prime Minister Modi described the ‘5th meeting in a year’ as the depth of the India-China relationship, as tweeted by the MEA spokesperson.

In June this year, China had blocked India’s move in the UN for action against Pakistan for the release of 26/11 mastermind Zaki Ur Rehman Lakhvi from prison in May.

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After a request from India, the UN Sanctions Committee had met in order to seek a clarification from Pakistan on Lakhvi’s release in the 26/11 trial but China blocked the move on grounds that India had not provided sufficient information.

In Ufa, both leaders also discussed the border issues in detail.

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