The Israeli government has appealed to the Federal Government of Nigeria to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – the political capital of the State of Israel just as the United States of America and other countries have done.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has recently asked the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led government to relocate the Nigeria Embassy to Jerusalem.
But the Israeli envoy said on Wednesday in Abuja that relocating the Nigeria’s Embassy from Tel- Aviv to Jerusalem would strengthen the diplomatic relations with their country.
Mr Barnea Hassid, Director African Department 2, West and Central African Affairs and the Mr Nadav Goren, Deputy Chief of Mission, made the call on Wednesday during a round-table interaction with journalists in at the embassy in Abuja.
“Jerusalem is the Centre of the Jewish people. Jerusalem is the capital of our country and every one should respect it. We want our friends all over the world that are yet to relocate their capital to Jerusalem to do so,” the envoys said.
While speaking on security, Mr Hassid said that Israel has in the past, suffered from terrorism attack which made them to develop a mechanism that has been helping them to defend their country.
He said, “Terrorism in any part of the world should not be allowed. Many country in the world are just getting to know about the effects of terrorism. Our country suffered from it before getting a solution. We are ready to support any country that is willing to end terrorism because their aim is to attack unarmed civilian populations.”
Hassid said as close friends, Israel will love to receive the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari in the Jewish nation either on a formal or informal visit.
“We are hoping to have Nigeria as a close friend, we will hope to have Nigerian President in Isreal. We hope to develop our relations with Nigeria because when we met with African leaders something back, Nigerian president was not in attendance,” Hassid added.
Hassid who said his country hope to develop its relationship with Nigeria, said must African countries that don’t know it value, won’t allow them to be an observer in their country.
Mr Goren, the Deputy Chief of Mission, further called on the Nigerian government to take advantage of Israel’s innovation in technology to partner them in developing the agricultural potentials that are been threatened by climate change especially in the northern parts of the country.
The diplomat said that his country was seeking for a more stronger relationship with Nigeria and the entire African continent, stressing that Israel is the only country in the world that shares borders both land and waters with Africa.
Israel is returning to Africa because it cares about the present and the future of the continent, Goren said.
The Deputy Chief of Mission disclosed that over 230 Nigerians have been trained in Israel on various agricultural skills between 2017 and 2018 and have been empowered with technological tools that enable them expand their agricultural system in the country.