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Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Norwegian MP Christian Tybring-Gjedde says the president should receive the award for his role in brokering a historic peace deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.

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US President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in brokering a historic peace deal between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.

Norwegian MP Christian Tybring-Gjedde put forward Trump’s name on Wednesday.

He said Trump should receive the award for his role in the agreement, which is Israel’s first peace treaty with an Arab country in 25 years.

Tybring-Gjedde said he was “not a big Trump supporter” but added: “The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts – not on the way he behaves sometimes.”

Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced on Aug 13 that Israel and the UAE would normalise relations in exchange for Israel’s halting of annexation of Palestinian territory.

The signing ceremony of the agreement, known as the “Abraham Accord”, is scheduled for Sept 15 at the White House.

Netanyahu’s son Yair tweeted that the three leaders should receive the Nobel Peace Prize “for bringing the first peace agreement in the Middle East since 1994”.

Trump himself has previously suggested he should receive a Nobel Peace Prize.

He responded to a comment that he may win one by saying, “I think I’m gonna get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things, if they gave it out fairly, which they don’t.”

Trump’s predecessor president Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, just months into his first term, for his diplomacy.

There is a low bar to nominating someone for the Nobel Peace Prize and the vast majority do not make it onto the final shortlist from which a winner is chosen.

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