US President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, just weeks after helping to broker peace between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.
A member of the Norwegian Parliament, Christian Tybring-Gjedde submitted Trump’s nomination. He even lauded the US president’s efforts towards resolving protracted conflicts worldwide.
Gjedde who is a four-term member of the Parliament and also serves as chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly also said that Trump has done more in trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace prize nominees.
Trump administration has played a key significant role in the establishment of relations between Israel and UAE, Gjedde mentioned in the nomination letter. He added, “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.”
The letter also added that the US president played a 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 Member of Parliament even praised Trump for his decision of withdrawing a large number of troops from the Middle East. He wrote, “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.”
In 2018, Gjedde along with one other Norwegian official submitted Trump’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize following his Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un. Hence this is not Trump’s first nomination. Gjedde does not identify himself as a “big Trump supporter.” According to him, the committee should judge with facts and not how “he behaves sometimes.” He even added in an interview with a leading news daily that people who have received the reputed prize in recent years have done much less than Trump including Barack Obama.
In 2009 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Barack Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” This decision drew huge criticism as it was made in just nine months into Obama’s first term. Many touted it to be “Too fast.” Even Obama himself was taken aback and at that time said that he was “surprised and humbled” by the Nobel Committee’s decision.
The recipient of a Nobel Peace prize is determined by a five-person Nobel Committee. This committee is appointed by the Norwegian Parliament and the winner of the peace prize 2021 will be announced by October of next year.