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Tony Blair has resigned from his job in the Middle East

The former British Prime Minister was appointed to the post in 2007.

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TONY BLAIR HAS stepped down from the position of envoy for the Quartet of negotiators in Middle East peace talks.

The former British Prime Minister was appointed to the unpaid post in 2007.

He confirmed his decision in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the Associated Press reports.

According to his office’s website, Blair’s work as behalf of the Quartet – which includes the US, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations – included promoting economic growth and improving governance in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

But he often came under fire from critics who saw him as being too close to Israel and having business interests in the area.

An official familiar with the work of the Quartet in the Middle East said Blair was frustrated with the limited authority of his mandate and felt that now is the right time to move on.

Additional reporting by AP

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