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The government will not sign MCC agreement detrimental to the country … Weerawansa

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National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Minister Wimal Weerawansa has observed that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had assured the Cabinet of ministers that his government wouldn’t sign the MCC (Millennium Challenge Corporation) agreement.

He added that the NFF wouldn’t remain in the government if it signed MMC agreement detrimental to Sri Lanka’s interests. He made these observations while addressing the media at the NFF party office at Pitakotte on Thursday.

Weerawanse said: “ It is appreciable that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared in his talks with the US official that Sri Lanka wouldn’t compromise independence and sovereignty and remained neutral and non-aligned in its foreign policy.

Soon after the US announced Pompeo’s visit in the wake of the high profile meeting the President had with the top Chinese delegation, Sajith Premadasa’s SJB, the JVP and politically bankrupt UNP launched a campaign over Pompeo’s visit. They used both mainstream and social media to convince the public Pompeo was here to sign both MCC and SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement). They campaigned on the premise that the signing of MCC and SOFA was to take place secretly.

Those who had been propagating lies were all members of the UNP-led yahapalana administration that invited the then US Secretary of State John Kerry. They didn’t utter a word. Instead, they welcomed Kerry in May 2015. None of them could remember, the yahapalana government entered into ACSA (Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement) in the first week of August 2017. In spite of the controversial agreement; the JVP remained strongly aligned with the UNP-led administration throughout.

If not for the change of government last November, the UNP would have certainly finalized the MCC by now. The previous government also discussed SOFA with the US and was busy making preparations for the finalization of MCC when the parliament was dissolved. Pompeo was previously scheduled to visit Colombo in June 2019 ahead of the last presidential election.

The SJB, the JVP and the UNP obviously prayed for the US to pressure Sri Lanka over MCC and SOFA. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa had the strength to face international pressure and unlike the treacherous previous UNP-led government remained committed to non-aligned foreign policy.

The government is pursuing transparent foreign policy. Both the President and the Foreign Minister, in no uncertain terms reiterated Sri Lanka’s stand during the US Secretary of State’s visit. The Opposition appeared to have really believed the government was to align with the US led coalition against China.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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