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    Former United States (U.S.) President Jimmy Carter's negotiating efforts in Haiti are only the latest?

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    Former United States (U.S.) President Jimmy Carter's negotiating efforts in Haiti are only the latest in a series of foreign excursions in the two decades since he became president.

    Carter was inaugurated in January 1977 as the first Democrat president since Lyndon Johnson, having defeated Republican Gerald Ford.

    Carter is not remembered for his domestic works as president, rather his record and experience overseas in foreign policy.

    It was the work of the Carter administration in the Middle East which brought the first rays of hope for peace after decades of confrontation.

    The world watched in 1979 as Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin inched towards a a peace deal.

    Talks were held at the presidential retreat Camp David before Carter himself travelled to the Middle East to resolve final differences with each of the opposing governments.

    Success was recognised when Carter hosted a signing of the peace treaty at the White House between Begin and Sadat.

    Carter played host to a visit from Chinese Vice-Premier Deng Xiaoping on what he described a "day of reconciliation" between the U.S. and China.

    There was similar success in June when Carter signed a second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty with Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev. It was the product of six and half years negotiation and was the second of the SALT treaties signed with the Soviets.

    The success soured, however, when Congress failed to ratify the document.

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