Less than two months before the US election, United States President Donald Trump has been nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2021 for his role in brokering a deal between Israel and United Arab Emirates.
The White House said that the nomination of Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering the landmark Israel-UAE deal is a “hard-earned and well-deserved honour”.
The White House also underlined that the US President has made peace a cornerstone of his foreign policy efforts. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated that Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his work in brokering an Israel-United Arab Emirates peace deal.
“It was a historic deal and the first such deal in over two decades. This is a hard-earned and well-deserved honour for this President,” she added.
Trump had mediated between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which is seen as a historic step towards peace in the Middle East. Israel and the UAE announced on August 13 that they were establishing full diplomatic relations. The first commercial direct flight between Israel and the UAE landed in Abu Dhabi on August 31 after both countries agreed to normalize relations. The deal is scheduled to be signed on September 15 at the White House.
The UAE is only the third Arab country to establish diplomatic ties with the Jewish state. Israel’s neighbours, Egypt and Jordan, being the other two Arab states to recognise Israel.
“President Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his work in brokering an Israel-United Arab Emirates peace deal. It was a historic deal and the first such deal in over two decades. This is a hard-earned and well-deserved honour for this President,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Wednesday.
President Trump has made peace a cornerstone of his recent foreign policy efforts, she said.
Any lawmaker serving in a national legislature can nominate a person for the Nobel Peace Prize. This is not the first time when Trump has been nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. Earlier, he was nominated for the same prize in 2018.
Tybring-Gjedde was one of two Norwegian lawmakers who nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his efforts to bring reconciliation between North Korea and South Korea. The 2018 prize was won by Denis Mukwege from Congo and Nadia Murad from Iraq for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.