The President of the United States, Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, citing his “key role in facilitating contact between conflicting countries including India and Pakistan over Kashmir and the peace deal between Isare and United Arab Emirates (UAE).”
In the past, Trump offered to mediate in the Kashmir conflict and said that he is in talks with India for the same; however, the Ministry of External Affairs India later said that no such request or offer was made by India to Trump.
The nomination lauded Trump for his “efforts towards resolving protracted conflicts worldwide” as reported by an American news organisation Fox – and was submitted by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament.
“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde, a four-term member of Parliament who also serves as chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, said in an exclusive interview with Fox News .
Gjedde, in his nomination letter to the Nobel Committee, said the Trump administration has “played a key role in the establishment of relations between Israel and the UAE”.
In the letter, 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,”
He also stated that president had 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.”
Praising, Trump further for withdrawing a large number of troops from the Middle East, he wrote: “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. The last president to avoid doing so was Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter,”
The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to then-President Barack Obama for what the Nobel Committee called his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
Besides Obama, three other US presidents have won the Nobel Peace Prize: President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 for “having negotiated peace in the Russo-Japanese war”; President Woodrow Wilson in 1920 for being the “leading architect of the League of Nations”; and President Jimmy Carter in 2002 for “his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts.”
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