2nd September 2010
While our press were devouring “A Journey”, Tony Blair was the only European quietly nibbling around the “working dinner” table at Washington last night.
OUR Man – still in the company of Presidents, Prime Ministers and Kings.
Not that you’ll hear much about this in the British press. That does not make it inconsequential. In fact its omission makes it VERY consequential, given that our press is often guilty of being strangers to the facts.
Mr Blair was in attendance at the dinner last night at the White House as the Quartet’s Representative. There are plenty of others who could have been invited along, in the region and outside. It seems even George Mitchell was not present.
Tony Blair is likely to be involved during the “low-key” talks too.
But European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said a few days ago that she would not be attending, due, it seems to a prior commitment in China, and for this reason – … and she said she had “no place there anyway“.
Our man/woman in Europe still seems to be Mr Blair. And quite right too.
Btw, anyone heard what the EU President Rompuy is up to recently?
Perhaps it was made plain to the EU under its present leadership that they were not required. Surplus to requirement, or fears of their muddying waters?
On the other hand, Mr Blair is clearly trusted by ALL sides in this ongoing “peace” negotiations.
We should be proud of him, and I for one AM. Very proud of him.
- JPost: Low-key peace talks
- Guardian says “Blair is expected to be” at the dinner
- Also reported at The Australian
- Mubarak Urges Settlement Freeze as Obama Opens Mideast Talks (businessweek.com)
- Barak, Abbas hold secret meeting (jta.org)
- Tony Blair: A Journey – the cast (telegraph.co.uk)
- Egypt might host second round of Mideast peace talks (cnn.com)
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