He's been villified at home for meeting the leader of a group, the US calls a terrorist organisation.
However, Jimmy Carter, the former US President, sat down for talks with the political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal in Damascus.
Carter, who won a Nobel Prize for negotiating peace between Israel and Egypt, holds no official power, but he is an influential voice.
Al Jazeera's Clayton Swisher reports from Damascus.
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