Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday in a telephone conversation with Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, expressed his anger and concerns at the comments made by Aluthgamage to the media on Thursday where he said Rajapaksa had informed the Chinese Ambassador that the Chinese Organic Fertilizer will not be accepted, the Daily Mirror reported.
The Prime Minister had sternly told the Agriculture Minister that during his meeting with the Chinese Ambassador, he had not made such a claim.
It is said that Rajapaksa had inquired in a telephone conversation with Mahindananda as to who had given him the authority to make this misleading statement, especially when the Minister was not present at the meeting.
The Prime Minister has also instructed the Minister to confirm his future statements with the Prime Minister as such misleading statements will create tension between the two countries.
Minister Mahindananda told the media last Wednesday that the Prime Minister had instructed the Chinese diplomat to return the fertilizer to China.