Blair denies knowledge of client's ties to Palestinian firm

September 12, 2010 19:22

Quarter Envoy Tony Blair's spokeswoman has denied any implication that Blair helped rescue a Palestinian cell phone company on the verge of bankruptcy because of its financial ties with one of his consulting clients, as was first reported by The Daily Mail in its Sunday issue.The report claimed that the former British prime minister mounted an intense political lobbying campaign to save the cellphone company, Wataniya, in which the banking giant JP Morgan indirectly holds a significant financial stake through its investments in Wataniya's Qatari parent company Qtel.

"Tony Blair raised Wataniya at the request of the Palestinian Authority in his role as Quartet Representative along with many others in the International Community," Blair spokesperson Ruti Winterstein The Jerusalem Post. "He has no knowledge of any connection between QTel and JP Morgan and has never discussed the issue with JP Morgan, nor have they ever raised it with him. Any suggestion that he raised it for any reason other than the one stated to help the Palestinians or that in some way he has benefited from Wataniya is untrue and defamatory."

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