Report: Tony Blair to Resign as Middle East Peace Envoy

Former British prime minister currently negotiating different position within Middle East Quartet, sources tell Financial Times.


Tony Blair is preparing to resign his position as a peace envoy to the Middle East, a report said on Sunday.

According to the Financial Times, the announcement of the former British prime minister's resignation from his role as the Middle East Quartet's special envoy will possibly be made this week.

On Saturday, the former British prime minister reportedly met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the Red Sea resort city Sharm el-Sheik to discuss a job change, according to the newspaper. Blair also spoke with UN foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

Blair is currently negotiating over a "recast" of his position in the group, sources told the Times, adding that Blair intends to remain involved in the Middle East peace process.

He has served as envoy to the Quartet — the diplomatic grouping of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations that guides the Middle East process — for nearly eight years, starting immediately after resigning as prime minister in 2007.

In 2014, a group of former British diplomats and political figures wrote an open letter calling for Blair's resignation from his role as the Special Envoy of the Middle East Quartet, citing, among other reasons, his "blurring the lines between his public position as envoy" and his private business dealings in the region.

At the time, Blair responded to the letter, accusing his detractors of lacking in credibility.

According to the Guardian, Blair's office has not replied regarding the report of his resignation.