Panaji, Jan 11: Invoking the ethnic spirit Goan origin of Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Luis Santos da Costa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that People of Goans should feel proud that a Goan origin person is the head of the country that ruled us for 450 years.
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa is on three-day visit in the state of Goa. During his three day programme he will visit his ancestral house and attend a host of events in the coastal state. Costa's father, poet and writer Orlando Costa, hails from Goa but left the state in his youth, to eventually relocate to Portugal.
On his arrival Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar met the Goa Chief Minister Portugese PM Costa at the residence of Consul General of Portugal located at Altinho in Panaji.
"We have asked them that we have a diaspora of 50, 000 people, please take care of them," Parsekar said after meeting Costa. He also requested Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Luis Santos da Costa to safeguard the welfare of the Goan diaspora that migrated using the Portuguese citizenship route.
Informing about the discussion held with Costa Parsekar said that the leader discussed several issues like cooperation in sectors like heritage, tourism, science, oceanography and promotion of Portuguese language. Parsekar also said he had been invited by Costa to Portugal after the elections in Goa got over.
Portugal PM will meet Goa Governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan. Costa would be visiting India's premier ocean research institute - National Institute of Oceanography - at Dona Paula on his way back from Raj Bhavan.
The Portuguese PM is expected have lunch at a five star resort. After that he would be opening a new centre for Portuguese language after which he would visit Institute Menezes Braganza building located in the city.