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Statement from the Office of Tony Blair

The story is nonsense and we have told them so. Tony Blair is not a formal advisor to Sisi he has simply said that it is vital for Egypt, the region and the world that the new President and his Government succeed in reforming their country and taking it to a better future and that the international community supports them in doing so. He has said this publically on a number of occasions and also stated he would be happy to help galvanise that support if he can.

This is nothing to do with ‘business opportunities’ and we have absolutely no idea what correspondence the Guardian is referring to.  Let me be very clear –  neither Tony Blair, nor any of his organisations  have any commercial interest in Egypt, nor are they seeking business in Egypt, nor have they ever discussed doing business in Egypt.  This is simply incorrect.

What is true and we have made categorically clear is that there is no commercial interest in, and absolutely no intention to make money from, Egypt.