Former British PM Blair quits as Middle East envoy

Former British prime minister Tony Blair was appointed to the unpaid position in 2007 by the informal body comprising the United Nations, United States, European Union and RussiaTony 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.


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