President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Price by a Norwegian official for helping to negotiate peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
The nomination was submitted by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, Fox News reports.
Mr Tybring-Gjedde praised the president of the Untied States for his efforts towards resolving international conflicts.
He cited Trump’s “key role” in negotiations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and the conflict between South Korea and North Korea.
Tybring-Gjedde, who also serves as as chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, told FoxNews: “Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States.”
In his nomination letter, Tybring-Gjedde wrote: “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees.
“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.
“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.”
Mr Tybring-Gjedde was keen to stress that he is not a “big Trump supporter” and said the committee “should look at the facts and judge him on the facts – not the way he behaves sometimes.”
He added: “The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done much less than Donald Trump.
“For example, Barack Obama did nothing.”
The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Obama for what the committee called “extraordinary efforts” to “strengthen international diplomacy.”
Obama himself said he was “surprised and humbled” by the prize and said he did not “deserve to be in the company” of so many “transformative figures.”
The Nobel Peace Prize recipient is determined by a five-person Nobel Committee, which is appointed by the Norwegian Parliament.
Trump will not find out if he is the winner of the prize until October 2021.