Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Published: 04:54 PM, 9 September 2020
US President Donald Trump has been nominated for next year's Nobel Peace Prize following his efforts to broker peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to the US media Fox News, Norwegian politician Tybring-Gjeddep proposed Donald Trump’s name for the Nobel Prize this year.
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.
In 2020, there were 318 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Submissions must be made online and all nominees are discussed before a shortlist of the worthiest and interesting is drawn up.
The purpose behind the introduction of the Nobel Peace Prize was to advance the idea of the possibility of peace by rewarding those who have truly contributed or are contributing to the cessation of violence and conflict around the world.
Mr Tybring-Gjedde's letter to the Nobel Committee praised the US president's role in improving relations between the Middle Eastern nations.
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."
This is not the first time Mr Trump has been nominated for the prize.
In 2018 Mr Tybring-Gjedde submitted his name following his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The US president did not win.
The Norwegian told Fox News he is "not a big supporter of Trump" but added that other people have won the prize for doing much less.
There was criticism in 2009 when President Barack Obama won the prize just nine months into his first term.
Every year in October, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announces the names of the individuals and organizations that have been awarded the prize.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019.