Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Luis Santos Da Costa today said that he felt proud to visit his father's land and described the visit strongly emotional for him.
Speaking at a function organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as a tribute by the Goan civil society to the visiting Prime Minister here, he said, ''I feel proud of visiting my father's land. This visit is strongly emotional for me. My father went to Lisbon but never left Goa because Goa never left him.''
Speaking about his father, Mr Costa said, ''Goa was always present in his works. When I speak of my father, I am reminded of one character in one of his works that says 'Wherever I go or am taken, I will always be in my homeland.''
At the function, Mr Costa released the English translation of his father, well-known writer and poet, Orlando Da Costa's Portuguese play 'Sem Caras Nem Coros'.
Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francisco D'Souza, who was present on the occasion, said, Goa and Portugal have shared a history over centuries. Through these years there has been a lot of bonding through cuisine, culture, music and most importantly, the laws -- in the form of the Uniform Civil Code, which Goa has and which is unique in the country.
Earlier, Goa University vice chancellor Prof Varun Sahni delivered the key note address.UNI AKM SS SHS SHK 2132
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