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 RussiaFormer Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday resigned as envoy of the Middle East Quartet diplomatic group after eight years in the job, his office said. “Tony Blair has tendered his resignation in a letter to (UN Secretary General) Ban Ki-moon,” a spokeswoman for Blair told AFP. Sources said Blair would officially step down next month.

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