With the Nobel Prize Committee weeks away from crowning its 2019 recipient, a Syrian American doctor has weighed in to lead an initiative to nominate President Donald Trump for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for promoting international peace through negotiation and avoiding unnecessary confrontation.

Dr. Tarek Kteleh credited the president with fending off a potentially fatal attack on Idlib in 2018, a sanctuary city under which almost 4 million civilians sought refuge. Trump successfully convinced Putin’s pull back on plans to seize the city and, as a result, the lives of an estimated 3 million people were saved.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe—among others—commended Trump for his “positive developments on the Korean Peninsula” and alleviating tensions with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Kteleh, an Indiana rheumatologist, and Dr. Rim Al-Bezem, president of a group that promotes national security issues in Syria of which Kteleh is a part, met Trump at a fundraiser in Indiana with plans of raising awareness of the predicament in Syria.

The Syrian American doctor noted that it is “the first time ever in the last seven or eight years” that anyone has come to the aid of the Syrian people, and praised President Trump for his efforts, informing him that he deserves to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Fox News reported.

“We took it seriously and started thinking about how we could give him credit for what he’s done. Number one because he deserves the credit. Saving millions of people is an honor people need to be awarded for,” Kteleh said. “And number two because we feel that if he gets the nomination or gets considered, that will shed more light on these people who became refugees and at any point in time if Putin and Assad start assaulting them again it will give them hope and make the world recognize it.”

Kteleh applauded President Trump’s gallant decision to withdraw nearly 1,000 troops from the northeast border of Syria despite facing criticism from both Democrats and numerous GOP lawmakers.

“We’re American first. We understand where he’s coming from. He promised he’d bring the troops home. He promised during his election and campaign. He promised he would not be intervening in wars all over the world,” Kteleh said of the president. “He’s just trying to commit to what he promised the people who elected him.”

Times Republican contributor Rachel Marsden also detailed why the president is deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize, where she explored the reasons in her analysis.

“Trump critics in both the Republican and Democratic parties are so hooked on permanent war that they panic when an American president actually takes a chance on peace through troop withdrawal,” Marsden wrote.

Marsden also pointed out that unlike other presidents, Trump kept the United States from engaging in new warfare as well as promoting peace through letting other countries resolve disputes without foreign intervention.

“Trump has done more than any other U.S. president in modern history to end America’s foreign wars, fighting against a military-industrial complex that can’t imagine a world without them,” Marsden wrote, noting that the president “should win for the sole reason that he hasn’t gotten America involved in any new wars—which already puts him ahead of Nobel Peace Prize winners Obama, Kissinger, and Al Gore.”

Marsden commended Trump for viewing Russia through a “pragmatic, non-ideological lens” where he treated it “as a potential partner in resolving conflicts in Russia’s own backyard.”

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a 120-hour cease-fire agreement between Turkey and Kurds in Syria, effectively giving time for the Kurdish-led forces to pull back. The terms of the deal require Turkish military operations to be terminated upon complete withdrawal of the Kurdish forces, where the war between Turkey and Syria reaches a conclusion.

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