Since his term as British Prime Minister ended in June 2007, Tony Blair devotes much of his time and energy to the Middle East peace process.
As UN Special Envoy to the Middle East, Blair has met with both the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to work on a roadmap to peace.
In an interview on Closing Bell, Blair told Maria Bartiromo he has two goals - to “work out the terms of the context” for negotiations and to “build a Palestinian state from the bottom up.” Blair sees the West Bank economy strengthening and is working with the leadership to sustain that growth, hoping to “give people some stake in the future.”
The Middle East is also a region that Blair sees as one of the few bright spots in the world, alongside India and China. Blair recently spent some time in China, and said “it’s quite hard to see any signs of economic slowdown there.” Still, he said the big question rests on the developed world and whether it can “move out of a sort of bouncing along the bottom recovery and move to something stronger?”