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Mr Blair will spearhead efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the Arab/Israeli conflict on behalf of the Quartet, which is made up of the US, Russia, the UN and the EU. He was appointed shortly after stepping down as Prime Minister.
Mr Brown said:
'I am delighted that Tony Blair has been appointed as the Quartet's Middle East Envoy. As British Prime Minister, he demonstrated his commitment, over the years, to advancing the peace process, and he brings to the job unparalleled international and diplomatic experience. He is exceptionally well placed to take on this role.
'The Quartet's efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the Arab/Israeli conflict are vital not only for the region but for the wider international community. The Middle East Peace Process is one of our top priorities and we will obviously continue to support the Quartet and their new Envoy in their work'.