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Solomons: Transaction hiccup resolved

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2 December 2009 09:45

Following up on my post from last week on Iranian aid to Solomon Islands and the difficulties Tehran had in sending cash to Honiara, I see the two governments have found a clever way around the legal obstacle. After the ANZ Bank refused to transfer funds from Iran to the Solomon Islands Government, the Iranian Embassy in Canberra simply handed the funds to the Solomon Islands High Commission in Canberra, which is now able to pay for the travel of 25 Solomon Islands medical students to Cuba. 

While this is a straightforward solution, the fact that Iran sought an alternative means to deliver its aid and followed through on its promise to Solomon Islands, a distant and unlikely friend, shows it is serious about winning as much support as possible in international forums.

Photo by Flickr user psd, used under a Creative Commons license.

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