Trump says he deserves Nobel Peace Prize not Abiy Ahmed

Clay Curtis
January 13, 2020

Former Secretary of State John Kerry faced a question about his role in releasing billions of dollars to Iran during the Obama administration and responded by first attacking President Trump's criticism of the move.

Ahmed was awarded the prestigious prize for negotiating a peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea following 20 years of bloody conflict.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has called on South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene in Ethiopia's dispute with Egypt over a giant dam project Addis Ababa is building on the Nile.

Trump had nothing to do with these peace negotiations. Most of the money went to the economy of Iran, which is precisely what I said and what we all said.

The All India Shia Council-organised march demanded trial of American President Donald Trump in the International Court of Justice for war crimes for killing the Iranian General who was on an official tour to Iraq and declaration of the US as a terrorist state. "As long as we know, that's all that matters", Trump said in a video clip shared on Twitter of him speaking at a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio on Thursday.

Mr Abiy has actually presented substantial liberalising reforms to Ethiopia, shocking what was a firmly regulated country. So for two decades, the long border was closed, dividing families and making trade impossible.

Some said his talk of a deal must have referred to the new peace with Eritrea.

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Following talks in the capital Pretoria, Ahmed said he had requested Ramaphosa "negotiate between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan" on the matter. Eritrea was part of Ethiopia until it seceded in 1993, and then fought a bloody war to retain its independence that began in 1998 and resulted in at least 80,000 deaths. The U.S. and World Bank are observers to the talks after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi a year ago pleaded to the U.S. and the global community to mediate a solution.

The UN Security Council lifted the sanctions in November 2018, four months after the peace deal was signed.

BBC'sformer Ethiopia correspondent Emmanuel Igunza highlighted that it was United Arab Emirates, which has a lot of influence in the Horn of Africa, was key in helping to bring the two parties together.

Why did Trump make the remarks now?

This is not clear, given that the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on 11 October previous year, and Mr Abiy gave his acceptance speech in Oslo, Norway, on 10 December.

Abiy said his efforts were not aimed at obtaining the prize but because peace is very critical to the region.

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