Remarks to the press by the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Monday had cast some doubt on whether China would let the process conclude or place a “technical hold” on it — as it has done several times in the past.
The U.S. said on Tuesday that if China blocked the listing, it would run counter to the countries’ goals.
“I would say that the U.S. 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,” Mr. Palladino said.
Mr. Palladino’s comments come during Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale’s visit to Washington.
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said China wanted a closure of the Azhar issue based on consensus, achieved through dialogue. “I want to say that China always adopts a responsible attitude, engage in consultations with various parties and properly deal with this issue,” Mr. Lu said.
( With inputs from Atul Aneja in Beijing )
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