The Nobel Peace Prize represents a "bold statement" of global support for President barack Obama's international goals, former President Jimmy Carter said Friday.

Carter, one of the three U.S. presidents to have previously won that same prize, praised the Nobel Committee's decision this morning, which has been reverberating across the world.

"I congratulate President Obama on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today," Carter said in a statement. "It is a bold statement of international support for his vision and commitment to peace and harmony in international relations."

"It shows the hope his administration represents not only to our nation but to people around the world," the former president added.

Carter won the prize in 2002 for his work in having to promote peace around the world.

The two other presidents to have previously won the prize are Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.