The United Nations Organization for Arts (UNARTS) office in the Middle East has nominated Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize “for his efforts in spreading peace, saving Egyptians from imminent danger in June 30.”
In a Sunday statement, the UNARTS office for Africa Middle East said the nomination comes as “President Sisi has been battling terrorism and combating the threat of violence in the region by changing the ideology of extremists and uprooting every idea leads to sectarian strife.”
The nomination was submitted to the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize committee in Stockholm, UNARTS head office in New York and other UNARTS’s regional offices across the globe, Director of the UNARTS in Africa and Middle East Nabil Rizk was quoted by Youm7 Wednesday.
“Based on his insight on best ways to fight terrorism globally, his concern for humanitarian issues including supporting people of special needs and fighting corruption, President Sisi is a well-deserved nominee for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize,” said the statement.
So far, the Nobel Committee has received 276 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015. 49 of these are organizations, and 227 are persons.
Since he assumed power in June 2014, Sisi has been repeatedly calling for a “religious revolution” against extremism and terrorism.
Egypt’s former President Anwar al-Sadat and Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin were awarded the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize shortly after signing the Camp David peace treaty in September 1978.