Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by a Norwegian official for recognition of the US president brokering diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
United States President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by a Norwegian lawmaker and NATO Parliamentary assembly member for his efforts in brokering a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Israel and the UAE agreed to establish diplomatic ties and trade links, as well as allowing free travel between their respective countries for the first time, the Daily Mail reported.
The nomination of Mr. Trump was made by Norwegian lawmaker, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, who is a four-term member of Parliament, and also serves as chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
The Norwegian official said the peace agreement between Israel and the UAE could serve as the impetus for other nations making similar agreements.
“As it is expected other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE,” Tybring-Gjedde wrote in a letter to the Nobel Committee, “this agreement could be a game-changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity.”
The lawmaker said in the letter that the Trump administration has played a key role in the establishment of relations between the two nations, the NY Post reported.
Tybring-Gjedde previously nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his meeting with Kim Jong-Un in Singapore. Despite twice nominating Trump, Tybring-Gjedde said he is not necessarily a supporter of the US president.
“I’m not a big Trump supporter,” Tybring-Gjedde insisted. “The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts – not on the way he behaves sometimes.”
Tybring-Gjedde said the Israel-UAE agreement isn’t the only place where President Trump has been involved in peacemaking.
In the letter to the Nobel committee, Tybring-Gjedde discussed Trump’s “key role in facilitating contact between conflicting parties” and said that Trump was the first US president since Jimmy Carter who did not start a war or drag the US into an international conflict, Daily Wire reported.
The letter also highlighted Trump’s involvement in “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.”
“For his [Trump’s] merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde told Fox in an interview.
“The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done much less than Donald Trump,” Tybring-Gjedde pointed out. “For example, Barack Obama did nothing.”