Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair will receive the highest civilian award in the US

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The Presidential Medal of Freedom will be awarded by George W. Bush to Tony Blair, in his last week in office.

The ceremony will take place at the White House on 13 January.

A spokesman for Tony Blair said the award reflected:

the true courage of the men and women of the British armed forces who, through their service and sacrifice, have safeguarded freedom, democracy and human rights around the globe.

Foreign affairs spokesman Edward Davey said:

“Tony Blair should be spending next week helping to fix the mess in Gaza, not receiving an award for the biggest foreign policy disaster in recent history and his silence over Guantanamo Bay.”

“It is not surprising that this announcement has been left until after Tony Blair has left office and when George Bush is packing his bags. It is simply too controversial to be sold to voters.”

The medal of freedom, awarded by the US President, is the highest civilian award in the US, alongside the congressional gold medal – awarded by Congress.

Mr Blair was awarded the congressional gold medal in July 2003, shortly after the invasion of Iraq, but he has yet to collect it.(Source:BBC)

Here you can see The Presidential Medal of Freedom.(Picture 1 , Picture 2 )

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