COLUMBO, Sri Lanka (Diya TV) — McDonald’s has ceased its partnership with its local franchisee in Sri Lanka, resulting in the closure of all 12 outlets across the country. Sanath Wijewardane, an attorney representing McDonald’s, stated that the decision to terminate the agreement was due to standard issues. Despite the termination being finalized on Wednesday, the stores remained operational for several days thereafter.

Wijewardane refrained from elaborating on the specific issues prompting the termination. However, local media sources suggested that McDonald’s took legal action against its partner, Abans, citing concerns about poor hygiene standards.

While Abans, the local partner, declined to provide comments on the matter, its website indicates a longstanding partnership with McDonald’s dating back to 1998.

Sri Lanka, a nation in the Indian Ocean with a population of 22 million, is currently navigating a significant financial crisis. McDonald’s decision to sever ties with its local franchisee adds to the economic challenges facing the country.