Israeli envoy assures Nigeria on BASA pact

The Acting Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Nadav Goren has assured Nigeria that its Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) with the State of Israel would be given accelerated push through the legal department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Aviation.

Goren who stated this in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the executive secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Reverend Tor Uja stated: “the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) with the State of Israel would be given accelerated push through the legal department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  and Aviation”.

While promising to leverage on the existing co-operation between Nigeria and the State of Israel, Goren also assured that the close co-operation between the two countries would continue saying, “I worked with the former ambassador, there is need to hit the ground running’

In his response, the executive secretary of NCPC, Reverend Uja called on the Israeli authorities to step up the issue of direct flight from Nigeria to Israel saying: “we believe that if BASA agreement is activated, it will reduce the long hours on board. We will love to reduce the cost of pilgrimage so that more people can go on pilgrimage.”

Rev. Uja informed his guest that he recently had fruitful discussions with officials of the Israeli ministry of Foreign Affairs and would be going back to further intensify the issues raised.