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Tony Blair is to become a Middle East envoy working on behalf of the US, Russia, the UN and the EU.
The announcement comes just hours after he stood down as UK prime minister and shortly before he is expected to quit as a Member of Parliament.
Earlier, Mr Blair said a "solution" to problems in the Middle East was possible but that this would require "huge intensity and work".
Russia was thought to have opposed his appointment but has since agreed to it.
During his final prime minister's questions on Wednesday, Mr Blair was asked about the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
Mr Blair told MPs: "The absolute priority is to try to give effect to what is now the consensus across the international community - that the only way of bringing stability and peace to the Middle East is a two-state solution."
If he pulls this one off then I think someone may have to move future Tony Blair threads to the religion board under the subject of "second coming".
Originally posted by timeless test
I would hope that some of the political cynics who like to believe that these guys are only in it for the money may have a little bit of a think about that in the light of this appointment.
Like him or loathe him I don't think anyone can doubt the sincerity of the man in trying to make things better out there.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the newly-appointed envoy had given him "the assurance that he will work to arrive at a peaceful solution on the basis of two states".
Originally posted by Freedom ERP
We seem to have skated over the money side of things.
Originally posted by Freedom ERPSure, Blair is doing this because he thinks he can get consensus but he must be being paid and one would assume and health expense account.
Originally posted by Freedom ERPJust how much creditability does Blair have in the Middle East?
Originally posted by magicmushroom
Hey Smink the problem is that many will see this as black and white, Blair the war criminal, the warmonger
surely his taking this job and not rushing to take the mega-millions he could certainly have earned on the public-speaking circuit must place those original claims in some doubt?