Mr Blair has denied any involvement in mediation in the dispute.In March, Mr Blair also hired Anand Pillai, an Oxford graduate who had been an adviser to Rio Tinto in Mongolia, as an adviser to Tony Blair Associates.
Mr Blair, through AGI, also exerts influence in the country, providing free advice to the government.
A team of eight to 10 AGI staff are deployed in Sierra Leone in government ministries, including the president’s office, to help with governance and the effective running of the country.
Mr Blair is a paid adviser to a number of governments, investment funds and corporations but seems to be taking an increasing interest in minerals deals.
The Telegraph has previously disclosed his work as an official adviser, paid millions of pounds by the Mongolian government, which was in dispute with the mining conglomerate Rio Tinto over the Oyu Tolgoi gold and copper mine in the southern Gobi desert.
Mr Blair was also reputedly paid a million dollars for three hours’ work in negotiating a different dispute between the mining company Xstrata and the commodities trader Glencore, over a £50 billion mining deal.
Until last year, Mr Untracht was chief executive of Taia Lion Resources, a mining company operating in Sierra Leone.He was then recruited by a mining company in Sierra Leone as its chief executive before returning to work for Mr Blair again in London.Mr Blair has set up an effective trading floor at his headquarters in Grosvenor Square in central London, headed up by David Lyon, an investment banker, formerly at Barclays.Tony Blair, who last week drew widespread criticism for suggesting that the current upsurge in jihadi violence in Iraq had nothing to do with his decision to invade in 2003, appears to be quietly acquiring mining experts Mr Blair, who last week drew widespread criticism for suggesting that the current upsurge in jihadi violence in Iraq had nothing to do with his decision to invade in 2003, appears to be quietly acquiring mining experts.His long essay on Iraq and Syria – labelled “mad” and “unhinged” by London Mayor Boris Johnson – was posted last Saturday on his corporate website Tonyblairoffice.org, which lists his various activities including three charities named after him as well as Tony Blair Associates, the moneymaking arm of the Blair empire.Our analytical and due diligence methods are unmatched by our competitors.