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Blair set for Middle East

by: JTA - Last updated: 2007-07-18

Tony Blair

Tony Blair

Former British Prime Minsiter Tony Blair is expected to make his first Middle East visit as an envoy next week.

Jerusalem officials have said that Blair, who took the Quartet post after stepping down as British prime minister last month, was expected to arrive in Israel on Monday for a 48-hour visit that will include the Palestinian Authority.

The visit away from the media will offer Blair a chance to reorient himself as troubleshooter for the diplomatic grouping of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia as the nations attempt to mediate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

On Thursday, Blair is scheduled to take part in a Quartet meeting in Lisbon, his first as envoy.