1 Oct 2010

Solomons UN ambassador recalled

12:57 pm on 1 October 2010

The Solomon Islands ambassador to the UN has been recalled from New York.

The Solomon Star says Ambassador Collin Beck is being recalled for what insiders describe as a diplomatic blunder following the last government's decision to get Iranian funding for Solomons medical students studying in Cuba.

The paper says the decision to recall Mr Beck was probably a result of Israel's influence.

The Solomon Star says there has been no comment from the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The past government did not only acquire funding from Iran for students' airfares but went on to vote in support of the Goldstone Report, which was critical of Israel's assault on Gaza in 2008.