President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, according to Fox News.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament and chairman to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, told the cable news network that she nominated Trump for his work in brokering a deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The UAE became the first Gulf Arab state to open up diplomatic ties with Israel and only the third Arab nation to do so.
“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.
According to the New York Post, Tybring-Gjedde’s letter to the Nobel Committee also said other Middle Eastern countries are expected to follow in the footsteps of the UAE, potentially turning the Middle East “into a region of cooperation and prosperity.”
The deal, announced last month, halted Israeli annexation plans on occupied land sought by Palestine for their future state. Palestinians have repeatedly urged Arab governments not to normalize relations with Israel until a peace agreement establishing an independent Palestinian state is reached.
There are 318 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020, of which 211 are individuals and 107 are organizations. The Nobel Committee does not identify nominators nor nominees until 50 years have elapsed, though Trump said last year that he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The Associated Press reports former U.S. President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, his first year in office, for laying out a U.S. commitment to “seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded in December.
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