(Jun 25, 2007)

Blair meets with Schwarzenegger on climate change for the last time

From AP

LONDON (AP) _ Tony Blair will meet with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday to discuss climate change in his final meeting with a foreign official before he steps down as Britain's prime minister, his spokesman said.

Blair and Schwarzenegger are meeting to follow up on a plan for a trans-Atlantic alliance to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which they agreed on last year when Blair traveled to California, Blair's official spokesman told reporters Monday.

It will be Blair's last bilateral meeting before he steps down on Wednesday, the spokesman said. Treasury chief Gordon Brown is set to become Britain's next prime minister.

Blair's meeting with the former action movie star caps a premiership where he routinely mixed politics with celebrity.

He has enjoyed the company of celebrities throughout his political career from vacations at the homes of singer Sir Cliff Richard and Bee Gee Robin Gibb to star-studded Downing Street receptions where he was photographed chatting with luminaries such as Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher.

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