SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)
Former British premier Tony Blair made a secret deal with an oil company founded by the Saudi King’s son for a fee of about £41,000 a month and a 2 per cent cut of any contract he helped broker, according to a media report.
The former prime minister signed the agreement with PetroSaudi – founded by a senior member of the Saudi royal family – in November 2010 in a deal that would promote the firm to Chinese leaders.
It proposed fees of £41,000 ($75,000) a month and a two per cent cut on any successful negotiations for Blair, while the firm was told it was prohibited from disclosing his role without consent.
The 21-page leaked document, obtained by The Sunday Times, is the first time a detailed contract agreed by his office – Tony Blair Associates – has been revealed. It is also the first evidence of his work for a Middle Eastern oil firm, it said.
PetroSaudi was jointly founded by the Saudi businessman Tarek Obaid and Prince Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud, a son of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah.
The disclosure will provoke fresh criticism of Blair’s role as a Middle East envoy and his private and undisclosed business interests, the paper said.
A senior PetroSaudi source told the Sunday newspaper: ‘[Blair] has got deep ties to the Middle East and that is how we got to know him.
‘It was a confidential engagement to help us develop business in China.’