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Tony Blair 'made no such pitch' to be Trump's Middle East envoy, spokesperson says

Mr Blair was reported to have attended secret meetings with Mr Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. Credit: PA

Newspaper claims that former prime minister Tony Blair is seeking to become US President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy have been dismissed "as an invention".

The Mail on Sunday reported that Mr Blair had attended secret meetings last week with the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a key adviser to the president, to discuss working for Mr Trump.

It also claimed Mr Blair has met Mr Kushner three times since September.

But statement published on Mr Blair's official website stated that he had "made no such ‘pitch’ to be Trump's Middle East envoy.

The story in the Mail on Sunday is an invention. Mr Blair has made no such ‘pitch’ to be the President‘s Middle East envoy. Neither has he had any discussions about taking such a role or any role working for the new President.

He has been working on the peace process for 10 years. He continues to do so. He does so in a private capacity. He will continue to do it in that way. Period.

– The Office of Tony Blair
Jared Kushner is a key adviser to his father-in-law Donald Trump. Credit: AP

After his tenure as prime minster was over, Mr Blair took up the role of Middle East envoy for the Quartet Group, made up of the EU, US, Russia and UN.

He made little headway in the role and resigned from the position in 2015.

For many it was a controversial appointment given Mr Blair's role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.