Govt won’t ink any agreement inimical to country - Dinesh | Daily News


Govt won’t ink any agreement inimical to country - Dinesh

The government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will not continue with any agreement that is inimical to the country, Foreign Relations and Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations Minister and Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena told Parliament yesterday.

He made this observation in response to a special statement made by JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake querying if the government would continue with the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Minister Gunawardena stated that the cabinet of the former UNP government had approved the MCC agreement and then this government while being the opposition objected to it and the then government had to delay it. Then they announced to sign it after the Presidential election.

He said the government appointed a Committee on December 18, 2019 under the Chairmanship of Colombo University’s Prof Lalithasiri Gunaruwan to study the MCC agreement. D.S.Jayaweera, President’s Counsel Nihal Jayawardena and Nalaka Jayaweera are the other members of the said committee. He said they have been given four months to study the MCC and submit their report. He also added that the report of the committee will be presented before Parliament when it is submitted.

MP Anura Dissanayake making the special statement said that there is a rumour that the government will ink the MCC agreement. It has appointed a Committee to study the clauses of the MCC agreement. He said the government while it was in the opposition objected to the MCC agreement. He queried if the members of the government objected the MCC agreement while they were in the Opposition even without studying the clauses.


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