- Tony Blair was photographed next to Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama
- It comes just weeks after he told of his regret over mistakes of the Iraq war
- The pair are understood to have been in Dhermi, a village in the south
Barely a month ago, he looked gaunt and emotional as he told of his regret at a London press conference over mistakes made after his decision to invade Iraq.
But last week, Tony Blair cut a very different figure. Wearing an open-necked shirt, designer sunglasses and statement gold cross necklace, he posed for a photo in a sun-drenched corner of southern Europe, looking as though the trauma of the Chilcot Inquiry was a long way behind him.
The former Prime Minister's trip – to Albania – came to light when the country's socialist premier Edi Rama posted the picture of the pair on Facebook. They are understood to have been in Dhermi, a village in the south, where Mr Rama was on holiday.
Tony Blair (right) was photographed sat next to the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama
But Mr Blair, 63, was spotted arriving in the area earlier last week in what is understood to be a military helicopter, landing – according to local reports – in a stadium in Himare, about 130 miles south of the capital Tirana.
Mr Blair has long-standing links to the country, having been named three years ago as an adviser to Mr Rama. His wife Cherie has also acted as a lawyer for the Albanian government.
A spokeswoman for Mr Rama said Mr Blair had been making a 'short and private visit'. She added: 'Mr Blair has never been paid for anything from the Albanian government.'
Mr Blair's office said he was there for a short, private visit.
But Mr Blair, 63, was spotted arriving in the area earlier last week in what is understood to be a military helicopter