PANJIM: It was homecoming for Portugal’s Prime Minister Antonio Costa who arrived in Goa to a rousing welcome and received by the Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, along with Consul General of Portugal in Goa Rui Carvalho Baceira, DGP T N Mohan and other top government dignitaries.
Speaking to journalists shortly after arriving at Goa’s Dabolim Airport D’Souza said, that it is a pride for Goa to receive their very own son back home, adding that it is a joy for every Goan as Costa is now the Prime Minister of Portugal that once ruled Goa.
DSouza noted that the PM’s visit to Goa is instrumental as both Goa and Portugal have a lot in common both historically and culturally.
A cultural programme in honour of the Portuguese PM had to be cancelled in the eleventh hour, as Portugal is in a state of national mourning following the death of the country’s former President Mario Soares.
The PM is on a two day visit to Goa, where he will also be visiting the family’s ancestral house in Margao, South Goa.
The visiting Premier is expected to attend a civic reception in his honour organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in presence of the Deputy Chief Minister, Francis D’Souza and vice-chancellor of Goa University, Varun Sahani, at the Adil Shah Palace.
He would also be presented with the English translation of the book ‘Sem Flores Nem Coroas’ originally authored by his father, Orlando Costa.
Among other official functions, Costa will attend programmes at the new Centre of Portuguese Language, in the city as well as at the V M Salgaocar College of Law. He will further visit the Institute Menezes Braganza to view the Azulejos panels depicting “Os Lusiadas” scenes at the entrance of the building.