Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was conferred with Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2019. Abiy is Africa’s youngest head of government and has introduced massive liberalizing reforms to Ethiopia. Abiy Ahmed was responsible for freeing thousands of opposition activists from prison and allowed media to operate freely. For his outstanding contribution to establishing peace and resolving conflicts with neighboring countries, he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Abiy Ahmed was the only head of state to win the Nobel Prize since Donald Trump became the President of the United States in 2016. Donald Trump hit the headlines for his comments that he deserves the Nobel Prize instead of Abiy Ahmed.
Speaking at a campaign event in Ohio, President Donald Trump said - “I’m going to tell you about the Nobel Peace Prize, I’ll tell you about that. I made a deal, I saved a country, and I just heard that the head of that country is now getting the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country. I said, what did I have something to do with it?’ Yeah, but you know, that’s the way it is. As long as we know, that’s all that matters. I saved a big war, I’ve saved a couple of them.” However, the truth is different from what Trump claims it is to be. The United States’ influence in the peace talks between Ethiopia and Eritrea was negligible. It was the United Arab Emirates which did influence and played a crucial role in bringing peace between both the countries. Saudi Arabia also played its part in ending the dispute. After the peace deal, the UN Security Council lifted the sanctions on Eritrea.
The timing of Trump’s comments was questionable. Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on 11th October 2019, good two months back. Interestingly, President Trump hasn’t officially congratulated Abiy Ahmed, nor he tweeted about it. His daughter Ivanka Trump, who serves as his senior advisor, congratulated Abiy Ahmed. However, President Trump has publicly said that he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to convince Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader to give up nuclear weapons.
Here’s the video of Trump talking about the Nobel Peace Prize:
"I made a deal, I saved a country, and I just heard that the head of that country is now getting the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country. I said, 'what, did I have something do with it?'" -- Trump whines about not having a Nobel Peace Prize pic.twitter.com/PjVsZCkThY— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 10, 2020
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