Tony Blair kicks off solo Mideast peace mission
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Tony Blair kicks off solo Mideast peace mission

Former British prime minister says he’ll be putting his 8 years of diplomacy to work to help ‘so many’ positive things happen

Tony Blair speaks at the Haaretz peace conference, November 12, 2015 (Tomer Appelbaum/Israel Conference of Peace)
Tony Blair speaks at the Haaretz peace conference, November 12, 2015 (Tomer Appelbaum/Israel Conference of Peace)

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday he is ready to jump back into the difficult world of Mideast peace-making.

Months after stepping down as an international Mideast envoy, Blair said he is launching a new initiative to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace as a private citizen. He says his experience and network of contacts made during eight years of Mideast diplomacy will help him.

He said his efforts will include promoting a 2002 Arab initiative that offered a comprehensive peace agreement with Israel, working to improve the Palestinian economy and trying to end a split that has left the Palestinians torn between two rival governments.

He told reporters in Jerusalem that “there are so many things that could happen in this region of a positive nature.”

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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