US President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 by a Norwegian parliamentarian, following the ‘historic peace agreement’ between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
Trump’s nomination for the global peace harbinger recognition comes after the US president brokered the peace agreement between the two Middle Eastern nations, following decades of contention.
If Trump wins, he succeeds former president and foe Barack Obama who won the Nobel Prize in 2009 for “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy.”
“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Christian Tybring-Gjedde, who nominated Trump told Fox News in an exclusive interview.
According to Donald Trump’s nominator, recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize in the recent few years have done much less than what Trump did.
“I’m not a big Trump supporter,” Tybring-Gjedde clarified, adding, but “the committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts – not on the way he behaves sometimes.”
In the nomination letter sent to the Nobel Prize committee, Tybring-Gjedde wrote how he thinks Trump’s interference in restoring peace between Israel and the UAE will act as a catalyst for cooperation and prosperity for other Middle Eastern 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 in the nomination letter.
This is not the first time, Trump was nominated for the same prize. In 2018, after easing the North Korean Nuclear tensions, Trump was nominated for the Nobel Prize which the US Republicans were highly affirmative for.
It is also said at the request of the US government Japanese President Shinzo Abe also nominated Trump for that year’s Nobel prize, which he ultimately did not win.
Tybring-Gjedde while recommending Trump to the Nobel prize committee cited the President’s efforts to “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.”
Trump is due to hosting a formal agreement-signing ceremony by the UAE and Israel next Tuesday. UAE and Israel began normalizing trade and diplomatic relationship from August 13.
If the agreement is successfully signed next Tuesday as confirmed by the senior White House official, the UAE becomes the third Arab country after Egypt and Jordan to enter a formalized normal relationship with Israel.