United States President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, following his role in the ‘historic peace agreement’ between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
He was nominated by a member of the Norwegian Parliament, Christian Tybring-Gjedde. He praised Trump 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.
The four-term member of Parliament, who also serves as chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, said the Trump administration played a key role in the establishment of relations between the UAE and Israel.
The deal was first announced by Trump on August 13. He said both countries had agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the Israeli annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state.
On Tuesday, a US official said a signing ceremony would be hosted at the White House on September 15, with senior delegations from the two countries in attendance, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The Middle East agreement is expected to normalise relations between Israel and the UAE.
This is not the first time Trump has been nominated for the prize. In 2018, Tybring-Gjedde submitted his name following his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The American president did not win.
His predecessor, Barack Obama won the prize in 2009, just nine months into his first term.
Trump’s nomination comes amid racial tensions in the US following police killings and shootings of black people.