The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 has been awarded to Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts in ending the Ethiopia-Eritrea war, the Nobel Committee announced on Friday.
“Mr. Ali has been selected for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular, for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea,” a statement from the Committee said.
“The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.
“In close cooperation with Isaias Afwerki, the President of Eritrea, this year’s Peace Laureate Abiy Ahmed quickly worked out the principles of a peace agreement to end the long ‘no peace, no war’ stalemate between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
“In Ethiopia, even if much work remains, Peace Laureate Abiy Ahmed has initiated important reforms that give many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future. As Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has sought to promote reconciliation, solidarity and social justice.”
Ahmed now becomes the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize, and will receive the award in Oslo in December.
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