The President of the United States, Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize following his efforts to broker a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Trump was nominated by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, who praised the US President for his efforts towards resolving conflicts worldwide.
“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News.
In his letter to the Nobel Committee, Tybring-Gjedde wrote that the Trump administration has played a key role in the establishment of relations between the two nations.
“As it is expected other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game-changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity,” he wrote.
Tybring-Gjedde also cited Trump’s “key role in facilitating contact between conflicting parties and … creating new dynamics in other protracted conflicts, such as the Kashmir border dispute between India and Pakistan, and the conflict between North and South Korea, as well as dealing with the nuclear capabilities of North Korea.”
The Norwegian MP said that the President had met the three conditions needed to win the peace prize. And he lauded Trump for withdrawing a large number of forces from the Middle East.
“The first one is fellowship among nations and he has done that through negotiations. Reduction of standing armies – he has reduced the number of troops in the Middle East and the third criteria is promotion of peace congresses,’ he said.
“Indeed, Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States into an international armed conflict. The last president to avoid doing so was Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter,” he wrote.
This is not the first time Mr Trump has been nominated for the prize. In 2018, Mr Tybring-Gjedde submitted Trump’s name following his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The US president did not win.
Four U.S. presidents have won the Nobel Peace Prize, which is determined by the five-person Nobel Committee, which is appointed by the Norwegian Parliament.
Barack Obama won in 2009, Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, President Woodrow Wilson in 1920 and President Jimmy Carter in 2002.
According to the official Nobel website, there were 318 candidates for the 2020 Peace Prize. The winner of the prize for 2021 will not be announced until October of next year.
This is coming two months after Iran’s Government issued an arrest warrant for President Trump, over the killing of its top General commander, Qasem Soleimani, on 3rd January, 2020.