The US president, Donald Trump who was also nominated in 2018 for the prize has been recommended this year by a Norwegian lawmaker for the 2021 Nobel Peace Award for his efforts to broker the Israel-UAE peace deal in August, according to FOX News.
The US President, Donald Trump Nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Price
US President Donald Trump nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian politician Christian Tybring-Gjedde, according to Fox News on Wednesday.
“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Mr Tybring-Gjedde, a four-term member of parliament who also serves as chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, told the channel.
Tybring-Gjedde also submitted a nomination for Trump in 2018, following the US president’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump did not win the award.
On Tuesday, a White House official announced Mr. Trump will hold a signing ceremony on 15 September for a groundbreaking Middle East agreement normalizing relations between Israel and the UAE.
As part of the deal, announced at the White House on 13 August following what officials said were 18 months of talks, the Gulf state agreed to normal relations with Israel, while Israel agreed to continue with plans to suspend its annexation of the West Bank.
Hundreds of nominees
Trump previously implied that he deserved the prize, after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the award in 2019. In remarks made in January 2020, Trump claimed he, not Ahmed, was key in brokering peace in the African nation, and did not formally congratulate Ahmed.
In 2020, there were 318 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize (individuals and organizations), the most ever. The winner of the award will be announced in October this year.
Nominations may be submitted by any person who fits the criteria, and the Nobel organization does not formally announce a list of nominees until 50 years have elapsed. The Norwegian Nobel Committee decides on the winner. Submissions must be made online and all nominees are discussed before a shortlist of the most worthy and interesting is drawn up.
The 2021 award would be nominated in October of that year, after Trump’s current term as president will be over.
Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama won the international prize in 2009.