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US Eyes Blair as Mideast Envoy

Soon-to-be-former PM would focus on groundwork for a Palestinian state
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2007 7:25 AM CDT
US Eyes Blair as Mideast Envoy
British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) greets US Secretary of...   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Outgoing British PM Tony Blair may step into a new role as a Mideast envoy focusing on the development of a viable Palestinian state, the Washington Post reports. Blair would concentrate on economic and governance issues; he would represent the quartet of world players involved in Mideast peace efforts—the US, the UN, the EU and Russia.

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The appointment has been under discussion for two months.The Palestinians have not been approached about the idea, but US officials  expect it to be welcomed; Blair is in good standing with current Palestinian leaders, thought he is viewed as a strong supporter of Israel and a close Bush ally. Israeli PM Ehud Olmert is on board. (Read more Tony Blair stories.)

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