Former British PM Blair quits as Middle East envoy
Tony Blair resigned Wednesday as the Quartet diplomatic group's envoy, his office said, with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict he worked to end as troubled as ever. There was some praise for the former British prime minister's work over eight years as delegate of the Quartet — the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia. Israel carried out four air strikes on militants in the Gaza Strip, witnesses said.
27 May, 2015 Blair to leave Middle East envoy post after years of struggling diplomacy By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Former British prime minister Tony Blair is standing down as the Quartet representative in the Middle East, the organization said on Wednesday, after eight years struggling to break ground in peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians. Officials […]
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15 February, 2015 Blair warns of ‘further catastrophe’ in Gaza "I'm extremely concerned that if you leave Gaza in the state it's currently in, you'll have another eruption, and violence, and then we're back in a further catastrophe, so we've got to stop that," he said. Blair was making his first trip to Gaza since the July-August war between Israel […]
16 March, 2015 Tony Blair to step back from Middle East Quartet: FT (Reuters) - Tony Blair is relinquishing his post as the envoy for the Middle East Quartet to take a different role in the peace negotiations, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing people it said were familiar with the matter. Blair, at the helm of the Quartet for nearly eight […]
16 March, 2015 Blair not forced out of Mideast role Washington denied Monday there had been any move to push Tony Blair out of his role as envoy to the Middle East Quartet, as he appears poised to relinquish the post. Reports that the former British prime minister was leaving due to unease in Washington and Europe over his poor relations […]