Jimmy Carter is planning to meet with the head of Hamas.
The Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Tuesday that the former U.S. president would meet with Khaled Meshal on April 18 during a trip to Syria, FOX News reported Wednesday.
Meshal lives in exile in Syria, where he is able to avoid being arrested by Israel.
Carter’s press secretary told FOX News in an e-mail that Carter would visit the Middle East this month. She did not say whether or not he would meet with Meshal.
The United States has designated Hamas as a terrorist organization and the Bush administration has attempted to isolate it diplomatically and through sanctions.