Envoy Blair meets with Abbas, skips Hamas

Special Envoy Tony Blair met with Palestinian authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas behind closed doors in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday.

Envoy Blair meets with Abbas, skips Hamas

Blair was named envoy to the Middle East after he stepped down as British prime minister in late June by the so-called Quartet -- the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States -- with a mandate to help the Palestinians prepare for eventually running an independent state.

Abbas is also the leader of the Fatah party, which is locked in political and violent struggles with Hamas, which control parliament.

Blair's two-day visit, which was to conclude Tuesday night, didn't include talks with any Hamas officials, a BBC correspondent said. Various Western countries have labeled Hamas, which has attacked Israel, a terrorist organization and cut off financial aid, creating economic chaos for the government.

Monday, Blair met with Israeli ministers and one of his last appointments of his trip to the region was a dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

UPI

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