Blair meets Arnie on last full day as PM


London : Tony Blair met California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday in what is seen as one of his last appointment as Britain's prime minister before resigning Wednesday and handing over the reins to Chancellor Gordon Brown.

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Blair is scheduled to drive over to Buckingham Palace around lunchtime Wednesday after making his last appearance during Prime Minister's Question Time in the House of Commons.

He is expected to take on the role of a Middle East envoy after he steps down from office. Officials of the European Union, Russia, the UN and the US were meeting in Jerusalem Tuesday to formalise his new role.

Blair and the California governor discussed environmental issues and followed up on a deal they had signed in 2006 to commit California and Britain to developing low-carbon economies.

At a joint press conference, Blair said: "The important thing now is that we have global agreement, we have the possibility of making progress. There was no way this thing is going to work unless there is a deal with not just America and the developed world in it, but with China and India in it too."

Schwarzenegger thanked Blair for his "great leadership and great friendship", and said he "would feel good" if Blair did become a Mid-East envoy. But he would also like to see Blair as an 'envoy for the environment'.