4 Sep 2013

Solomons confirms Jakarta paid for PM's Indonesia trip

1:35 pm on 4 September 2013

Solomon Islands says Indonesia has paid it 171,000 US dollars to cover the costs of the prime minister's trip to Jakarta last month.

The Solomon Star reports this has been confirmed by the Central Bank of Solomon Islands.

This comes amid controversy over how the trip was funded, with civil society groups claiming to have documents that show the trip was paid for by Solomon Islands tax payers.

Earlier, the government had said the trip was fully funded by the Indonesian government.