WAR ON TERROR: PM'S DIPLOMACY: PUT IT THERE, BLAIR; Tony's a Mover and Shaker
Byline: BOB ROBERTS
TONY BLAIR had barely a moment to recover from his latest round of diplomatic visits yesterday before entering into yet more talks.
After discussions with leaders of Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Palestine during his whirlwind tour, the Premier was back in Britain to meet Prime Minister Leszek Miller of Poland.
Meanwhile, No 10 was reacting with fury to criticism of his 48-hour Middle East peace mission, with Downing Street communications director Alastair Campbell saying the PM had no regrets about the meetings.
Mr Campbell said: "He found out - eyeball to eyeball - exactly what their views were. He sees that as part of his job."
Mr Blair received a mauling from Syria's President Bashar Assad over the bombing of Afghanistan. While Israeli PM Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat refused to soften hardline positions.
And at home Tory ex-Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind said the mission was "very unwise - the outcome was entirely predictable".
He complained that President Assad used a news conference with Mr Blair to attack Britain. …