Doha: Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sent a cable of congratulations to Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Dr Abiy Ahmed, on the occasion of winning the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation.
Abiy was honoured “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea”, the Nobel Committee said.
The award is seen as a welcome boost for Africa’s youngest leader as he faces worrying inter-community violence ahead of a parliamentary election in May 2020. Abiy told the Nobel Committee he was “humbled and thrilled” by the prize, and said he thought the award would invigorate regional peace efforts. “This is great news for Africa, great news for East Africa. A place where peace is a very expensive commodity, and I am sure it will give us energy to work towards peace and to realise peace within our region,” Abiy said.
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