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Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by right-wing Norwegian politician

Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by right-wing Norwegian politician

US President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by a right-wing Norwegian lawmaker, citing Trump's role in brokering a deal on normalising relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.

Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by right-wing Norwegian politician

“The agreement can open for lasting peace between several Arab countries and Israel,” Christian Tybring-Gjedde of the right-wing populist Progress Party wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

Tybring-Gjedde said he hoped the five-strong Norwegian Nobel Committee “is able to consider what Trump has achieved internationally and that it does not stumble in established prejudice against the US President”.

The Norwegian politician also nominated Trump for the 2019 award, citing Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in 2018.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee “should look at the record. The record shows that Donald J Trump has achieved peace in many places in the world”, the lawmaker said in an interview with US media outlet Fox News Radio.

The committee is set to announce its pick for this year’s award, from a field of more than 300 candidates, on October 9.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany welcomed the news, calling it “a hard earned and well-deserved honour for this president”.

“President Trump’s foreign policy will always be one of peace through strength, and that is what the American people are seeing abroad,” McEnany said.

In 2019, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his efforts to resolve a long-running border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.

The committee advises those making nominations not to reveal their proposals, but there are no formal rules against doing so.

Politicians, academics, former laureates, directors of peace research institutes and current and former members of the Nobel Committee are among those who have the right to propose candidates.

The prize, first awarded in 1901, was endowed by the Swedish inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel.

– Reuters

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