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Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Peace Prize

Published on October 9, 2009
Letter from Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic, to Barack Obama, President of the United States of America

Paris, October 9, 2009

President Obama,

I was delighted to learn of the decision of the jury in Oslo to award you this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for your extraordinary efforts to strengthen diplomacy and international cooperation.

I want to express to you, you personally and the American people, my warmest congratulations.

By awarding you its most prestigious prize, the Committee is rewarding your determined commitment to human rights, justice and spreading peace across the world, in accordance with the will of its founder Alfred Nobel. It also does justice to your vision of tolerance and dialogue between States, cultures and civilizations. Finally, it sets the seal on America’s return to the heart of all the world’s peoples.

I am particularly happy that this Prize is awarded to you today because I know it will bolster your determination to act for justice, for peace and to safeguard the planet’s global balance. I am convinced that everyone, all over the world, will draw from this an even stronger determination to cooperate with you and with America to achieve these common objectives.
I can tell you that on this path you will be able to count on my steadfast support and that of France.

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