Netanyahu 'appreciates and esteems' departing peace envoy Blair

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday expressed his "appreciation and esteem" for Tony Blair, who announced that he would be stepping down from his post as the top peace envoy for the Quartet.
"In recent years Tony Blair has made great efforts to advance stability and peace in the region," Netanyahu said. "His deep understanding of the Middle East helped him to develop a reliable network of contacts with heads of state in the region."
"Tony Blair worked to advance important economic projects between Israel and the Palestinian Authority," the premier said. Many times his understanding helped him to bridge gaps between the positions of the sides in the region including in times of crisis."
"I hope that in the future as well he will be able to continue contributing from his experience on behalf of regional peace and stability,” Netanyahu said.
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