US President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize following his “tremendous efforts” to broker a “historic peace agreement” between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
Norwegian far-Right politician Christian Tybring-Gjedde who put the US president forward for a nomination also praised Trump for resolving other protracted 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.
In his nomination letter, Tybring-Gjedde said the Trump administration played a critical role in the establishment of relations between Israel and the UAE.
He wrote: “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 politician also said Trump 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.”
He also praised the president for withdrawing troops from the Middle East.
“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,” he wrote. “The last president to avoid doing so was Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter.”
Under the terms of the agreement, which was overseen by Trump, the UAE will sign a series of trade deals and normalize relations with Israel, who in return must suspend its controversial plans to annex parts of the West Bank.
Tybring-Gjedde also discussed Trump’s role in “creating new dynamics” in other world conflicts, including facilitating contact between North and South Korea.
The Norwegian politician told Fox News that he was “not a big Trump supporter”, but that other leaders should follow his lead in reserving their judgment.
“The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts – not on the way he behaves sometimes,” he said.
“The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done much less than Donald Trump. For example, Barack Obama did nothing.”
Three other US presidents have won the peace prize, including Barack Obama, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter and Theodore Roosevelt.
Trump was previously nominated for the prize in 2018 following his efforts to solve North Korean nuclear tensions.
In 2020, there were 318 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize, of which 211 were individuals and 107 organizations.