Tony Blair, “Quartet” special envoy to the Middle East and former British prime minister, during a news conference in Madrid on Thursday.
Hey, it’s Tony Blair! Remember him? The former British PM now bears the somewhat unlikely title of special peace envoy to the Middle East, and he’s getting down to business on a project having to do with lists, supplies and Israeli-Palestinian relations. The list Blair wants is actually one that would specify which supplies aren’t allowed into Gaza, whereas now Israel works off a list of things that can pass through. Got it? —KA
AFP via Google:
Former British prime minister Blair, who represents a diplomatic quartet of the EU, United States, UN and Russia, said he hopes Israel will finalise a list of products banned from Gaza when he visits the region in the next few days.
Blair has proposed to replace the current regime whereby Israel enforces a list specifying what products Gazans can import with a new list that only details banned products including certain building materials.
“I hope very strongly… that within the next few days we will be in a position where there is such a finalised list,” Blair told a news conference after a meeting on aid to Palestinians at the French foreign ministry.