US President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 by a conservative Norwegian lawmaker, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, for his role in helping to broker a peace deal between Israel and UAE.
The Israel and UAE peace deal was announced on August 13 by the White House after 18 months of discussion. With the deal, UAE agreed to have normal relations with Israel, while Israel agreed to continue with plans to halt its annexation of the West Bank. In January, Trump proposed a peace plan that strongly favoured the Israelis, but it has not moved forward in any major way. A signing ceremony will be held on September 15 by Trump for a historic Middle East agreement normalizing relations between Israel and UAE.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Tybring-Gjedde praised Trump for his efforts in resolving prolonged conflicts worldwide, such as the Kashmir border issue between India and Pakistan and between South and North Korea.
Tybring-Gjedde had also nominated Donald Trump for the 2019 award for his diplomatic efforts with North Korea after the Singapore Summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
His nomination has sparked emotions of surprise, disbelief and disapproval among people which comes just ahead of US presidential polls and the coronavirus crisis that has made the US top the list of worst-hit countries. While some blamed it on the year 2020 for giving rise to all kinds of unheard events, others called it “peak 2020.”