Tony Blair Foundation Confirms Receiving Millions From Saudi Arabia

Tony Blair’s relationship with Saudi Arabia has come under scrutiny as The Tony Blair Institute (TBI), an organisation set up by the former British prime minister, has revealed, in accounts released Wednesday, that it received financial donations from Saudi Arabia.

Blair’s non-profit institute confirmed earlier reports that Blair had received donations of up to $12 million from the Kingdom.

According to the Financial Times report, the Saudi donation comes from an organisation called Media Investment Limited (MIL), which is a subsidiary of Saudi Research & Marketing Group, registered in Guernsey.

Publication of the accounts confirmed speculation in July that Blair had made an agreement with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to assist with one of the young prince’s ambitious modernisation projects.

The Tony Blair Institute, came under much scrutiny after media reports about dealings with Saudi Arabia surfaced.

Questions were raised about the institute’s decisions, including Blair himself, who supported UK intervention in Syria; a policy that would have primarily benefited the Saudi-backed opposition groups.

The other wuestion was the production of flattering articles about Bin Salman during the crown prince’s visit to the UK early year.

“Britain should learn from Saudi Arabia and how it has demonstrated a clear commitment to tackling the politicisation of Islam to inform policymaking,” one article read.

The institute also advocated the ambitious young prince’s plans for Saudi Arabia. “As part of his broad, sweeping and ambitious plans to revolutionise Saudi Arabia, economically, socially and religiously, the crown prince has demonstrated a level of conviction, clarity and coherence in identifying and understanding the nature of Islamist extremism that Western policymakers should seek to learn from.”

The close relationship formed between Blair and the Saudi regime is in sharp contrast to Jeremy Corbyn, his successor, as Labour leader.

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