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Australian FM Meets Solomon Islands' Prime Minister


Australia's foreign minister has met with the Solomon Islands' newly elected prime minister, Snyder Rini, following violent protests on the island nation this week that were sparked by his appointment.

Speaking Saturday in the capital, Honiara, visiting Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said he told Mr. Rini that economic reform is going to be central to the survival of the country. Downer said he also addressed corruption issues with Mr. Rini.

Riots erupted Tuesday in Honiara after Mr. Rini was appointed prime minister. Opponents accuse him of being under the influence of ethnic-Chinese businessmen.

Mr. Rini denies the allegations and has refused demands that he resign.

Honiara is reported to be quiet Saturday, with Australian troops patrolling the streets. Friday, Australia said it will send 110 additional troops to the Solomon Islands.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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