Saturday, October 25, 2003

As well as promising billions of dollars for Iraq, donors at the Madrid donor conference have come up with some less usual offers.

Rice, tea and even busloads of high-spending tourists have been pledged, as well as hard cash...

...Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said he could also foresee at least 100,000 tourists visiting the former enemy country every month...

Meanwhile Vietnam promised rice worth $500,000 and Sri Lanka 100 tonnes of tea.

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