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Blair said to step back from MidEast peace envoy role

Unease in Washington over his many charitable, diplomatic and commercial interests in the Middle East - report

Blair said to step back from MidEast peace envoy role
Former UK prime minister Tony Blair. (Getty Images)

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair is set to take a step back from his role as peace envoy for the Quartet of Middle East, according to media reports.

The Financial Times reports that the US and Europe are currently reviewing its policy options before Israel’s election this week, with insiders saying the role is no longer tenable for Blair, with reported unease in Washington and Brussels over his poor relations with senior Palestinian Authority figures and growing business interests in the region.

After eight years in the role, Blair has reportedly discussed a role change with John Kerry, US secretary of state as recently as last Saturday, emphasising his keenness to remain part of the peace process. He has also spoken with the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, over possible changes to his role.

Blair’s office declined to comment on the news, but the Financial Times says a clarification of his role could come this week.

Among the concerns expressed in Washington are the many charitable, diplomatic and commercial interests Blair has in the Middle East.

A new book, due to be launched this month, revealed the millions amassed by Blair since leaving office in 2007, including several contracts sourced in the Middle East.

The book, ‘Blair Inc: The Man Behind The Mask’, claims how Blair has amassed a personal fortune of over $90 million and property portfolio worth $37.5 million in the eight years since he left office.

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Susan 5 years ago

It is appalling that this man who has bought havoc to the region through his actions in Iraq should be involved in any peace negotiations with the Palestinians. It seems the Europeans and Americans have finally woken up!

Doug 5 years ago

If it's any consolation, I think most people in Britain and the wider EU always thought it was ridiculous that he was given this role too.

Hamaza Ali 5 years ago

Remember Bush was president when he was given the role if that helps, he has been a major failure, and has done more damage to the Palestinians. He is more mouth than action, and has been successful to fill his pockets,

AA231 5 years ago

Its like giving this peace negotiations role to George Bush! They could not have got it more wrong with Blair in this role! I am sure he has deep commercial interests in the Middle East, look forward to the book.

Matt Williams 5 years ago

What a thoroughly odious contradiction this man is to his so called socialist ideals and to the ME peace process. The amount of money he has secured in the ME under his auspice as envoy should be given back or given to charities. Makes me wonder how he has been able to do this, however Blatter is still sucking the life out of FIFA despite all that has passed so I guess as usual anything is possible when it comes to MONEY!.

Sol 5 years ago

Susan/Doug - I agree with you 100% Blair has never had to really answer for his misdeeds and the fact that he's made a fortune from the 'contacts' developed whilst in office adds insult to the huge injuries.