ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS A member of the Norwegian Parliament has nominated US President Donald Trump for next year's Nobel Peace Prize for his role in facilitating the historic peace deal between Israel and the UAE.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde of the Progress Party told Fox News that Trump should receive the award for helping normalise ties between two nations that had been in "hostile conditions for as long as you can remember".
Tybring-Gjedde likened the Israel-UAE deal to the Camp David Accords of 1978 and the Oslo Accords of 1993, which led to then Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israel prime minister Menachem Begin receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978 and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin receiving it in 1994.
Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News "That is a very, very important region in the world. And all efforts that lead to peace in that region should be awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize and also for Donald J. Trump."
Tybring-Gjedde had previously nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Last year, Trump rued he may never get the Nobel Peace Prize, despite his work in North Korea and Syria. "They gave it to Obama. He didn't even know what he got it for. He was there for about 15 seconds and he got the Nobel Prize. He said, 'Oh, what did I get it for? With me, I probably will never get it," Trump had told mediapersons in February 2019.
The last US recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize was then US president Barack Obama in 2009. Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News he was "surprised" by the award for Obama.
"I think the Peace Prize was given to Obama because the Nobel Peace Committee leader was very flattered and also very impressed by Obama's speeches and how he behaved during his first month in office as a president. Also, he was the first Black president. This was also an achievement in itself. I think that's what the Nobel Peace Prize committee considered. But I think that is not what the Peace Prize committee should consider," he said.