UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in reference to US President Donald Trump’s words that he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize, said “President Trump should complain to the Nobel”.
Ahmed, during his official visit to South Africa, responded to questions from reporters about Trump’s statements.
He said the US president’s complaint should be submitted to the Nobel Committee, not Ethiopia. “I have no information on how Nobel chooses a person,” he said.
“I am the one who made a deal and saved a country. But the leader of that country has received the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country,” US President Trump said during an election rally in Ohio.
Although Trump did not mention Ethiopia and Abiy Ahmed, the statement sparked widespread backlash in Ethiopia.
Some experts had commented that Trump was referring to US mediation in the Hedasi dam negotiations that had caused the crisis between Egypt and Ethiopia.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded last year to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed because of “determined initiative, international co-operation and the effort to achieve peace in resolving the border conflict with Eritrea”.
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