IN PICS: Jimmy Carter tour

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CONTROVERSIAL TOUR: Former US president Jimmy Carter, winner of the 2002 Nobel Peace prize, last week began a nine-day tour of the Middle East to promote the failed peace process. (Getty Images)
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Carter began his tour in Israel where Israeli political leaders snubbed him over his plans to talk with Hamas, considered a terrorist organisation by the Jewish state as well as by the US and EU. Here Micky Rosenfeld (L), Israeli police's spokesman, shows Carter (R) the remains of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel on April 14. (Getty Images)
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Former US president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn visit the Barzilai hospital in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on April 14. (Getty Images)
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The former US president and his wife (unseen) lay a wreath of flowers at the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on April 15 during their visit to the West Bank of town of Ramallah. (Getty Images)
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Carter said he wanted to visit the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on his current Middle East tour but indicated that Israel refused to authorise the trip. (Getty Images)
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The former president smiles while talking to journalists at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on April 15. (Getty Images)
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Carter (C) and his wife receive a gift from an unidentified man following a meeting with representaives of the Palestinian-Israeli Peace NGO Forum on April 16 at the American Colony hotel in east Jerusalem. (Getty Images)
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The former president (L) meets with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at Al-Itihadiya presidential palace in Cairo on April 17. A Hamas delegation crossed into Egypt from Gaza for talks with Carter after Israel barred the former US president from visiting the Palestinian territory. (Getty Images)
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Palestinian school children take part in a concert organised by Israeli, Palestinian and foreign peace activists in front of Israel's controversial separation barrier in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on April 17. (Getty Images)
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Carter addresses a diverse audience at the American University in Cairo (AUC) on April 17. Carter met with Gaza-based leaders of Islamist Hamas in the Egyptian capital, defying US and Israeli criticism. (Getty Images)
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Hamas spokesman Mohammed Nazal talks to reporters following a meeting between Hamas supremo Khaled Meshaal and Carter in Damascus on April 18. (Getty Images)
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Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad meeting with Carter at the Al-Shaab Palace in Damascus on April 18. Carter arrived in Syria for to meet with Assay and also with Hamas exiled supreme Haled Metal during his tour of the region. (Getty Images)
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Carter addresses the media during a session of Israel Council on Foreign Relations at King David Hotel in Jerusalem on April 21. Carter said the Islamist Hamas movement told him it would recognise Israel's right to live in peace if a deal is reached and approved by a Palestinian vote. (Getty Images)
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King Abdullah II of Jordan (R) receives the former US president (L) accompanied with his wife (2nd, L) on April 20. (Getty Images)
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Carter accompanied with his wife arrives at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman on April 20 at the end of his Middle East tour. (Getty Images)