Former prime minister Tony Blair’s consultancy asked for $35million (£27million) to build the United Arab Emirates’ ‘reputation and influence’.According to documents, Tony Blair Associates wanted $7million (£5.4million) per year for a five year deal.

The money covered ‘professional fees’ and expenses, including cash towards the transport costs of Mr Blair, who said he would visit the country at least 12 times a year.According to the Sunday Telegraph, the ‘strategic partnership’ proposal was submitted in September 2014 and would have included a ‘furnished office’ paid for by the UAE foreign ministry.

But it could also be a possible conflict of interest as Mr Blair was Middle East envoy for the United Nations at the time, before resigning the position in 2015.According to the Telegraph, a letter sent alongside the proposal claimed Mr Blair could help ‘create networks’ that could ‘capitalise’ on the UAE’s leadership.It said: ‘There is virtually nowhere in the…Source:

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