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Former British Leader Praises Obama Team, Urges Push for Mideast Peace

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Britain's former prime minister is offering
praise for President-elect Barack Obama's picks for his national
security team.

Tony Blair says Obama has put together a "very, very strong
team" with Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state and
retired Gen. James L. Jones as national security adviser. Blair
also mentioned Jones as someone who understands the Middle East
security situation "very well."

Blair is now an international envoy to the Middle East. He told
the Council on Foreign Relations today that the time is right for a
fresh push for progress there. He adds that much will be riding on
what Obama does.

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