Secretary of the Urban Council Abdul Latif Mohammad Nafeel said that the External Affairs Ministry had informed the Council that the deal was unacceptable.
He said that the Eastern Provincial Council had been informed in order to obtain clearance to continue with the MOU.
The US Embassy had signed the deal with the Trincomalee Urban Council recently and the Embassy said that it had also signed similar deals to open information centers in Kandy and Jaffna.
Meanwhile the External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilaka Amunugama said that a special investigation has been launched into the MOU.
The investigation will also cover American corners opened in Kandy and Jaffna, Amunugama said.
He said that the UC had no right to sign an MOU with a foreign embassy without informing the External Affairs Ministry.
“The Ministry will seek information from the local Council about the deals they had signed with the US Embassy. We have not sought information from the US Embassy as yet,” he said.He said that an official from the MEA has been appointed to investigate the MOU signed with the local councils and a report will be submitted on the findings.
ති්රකුණාමලයේ ඇමෙරිකානු තොරතුරු…
ති්රකුණාමලයේ ඇමෙරිකානු තොරතුරු මධ්යස්ථානයක් ඉදි කිරීම සඳහා කොළඹ පිහිටි ඇමෙරිකානු තානාපති කාර්යාලය සමඟ එළඹුණු අවබෝධතා ගිවිසුම අහෝසි කරන බව ති්රකුණාමල නගර සභාව පවසයි. එවැනිම තොරතුරු මධ්යස්ථාන මහනුවර හා යාපනයේ විවෘත කිරීමට ද එකඟතා ගිවිසුම් අත්සන් කර ඇතැයි ඇමෙරිකානු තානාපති කාර්යාලය කියා සිටී.