Sunday Tribune

A right royal offer for Obama

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OSLO: The Norwegian King Harald V will offer US President Barack Obama accommodat­ion if need be when the US leader visits Oslo to collect his Nobel Peace Prize in December.

Palace spokesman Sven Gjeruldsen told the Friday edition of the Aftenposte­n daily newspaper that the king had invited the president to stay at the royal palace.

Obama would be offered the Haakon VII Suite, first used in 1907, the report said. Should US First Lady Michelle Obama accompany him, the monarch could offer the Queen Maud Suite, the daily reported.

It remains to be seen if the president will take up the offer.

Built in neo-classical style, the palace was completed in 1849.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee earlier this month selected Obama as winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

Committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland underlined that Obama had helped change the tone of internatio­nal politics and mentioned his proposals on reducing nuclear weapons.

The peace prize is one of the awards endowed by Swedish industrial­ist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite. They are presented on December 10, the anniversar­y of Nobel’s death. – Sapa-DPA

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