Countries up and down the Middle East have come together to offer Tony Blair a collective show of appreciation after it was revealed that the UN peace envoy planned to step down from a role many believed he made his own.
Since the former British prime minister was named UN envoy in 2007, peace has blossomed across the region, with the stability and security now enjoyed by its citizens understood to be a direct result of Blair’s decisive actions.
Voices from Gaza City, Mosul, Cairo and Damascus were last night heard thanking the international statesman for his tireless devotion to the Middle East, and for displaying the diplomacy skills that have brought numerous tensions to a swift and peaceful end.
“It’s incredible to think what [Blair] has achieved,” said Middle East analyst Bella Cockpit. “Just looking at the region before 2007, the results are remarkable.”
Although Blair hasn’t made an official announcement, sources close to politician have revealed that he hopes to “take some time off” before perhaps looking for a few low-key consultancy roles in the business sector.
“After everything he’s done, there aren’t likely to be many suggesting he doesn’t deserve it,” added Cockpit.