VASCO: Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa arrived at Dabolim Airport on a two-day visit late Tuesday. He was welcomed by Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, along with Consul General of Portugal in Goa Rui Carvalho Baceira, DGP T N Mohan and others. Speaking to the media outside INS Hansa gate, D’Souza said, “A son of Goa becoming the Prime Minister of Portugal is a big thing. His visit to Goa will be monumental in the sense that the Goan who was once colonised by Portugal is now Prime Minister of the people who had colonised us. It’s a big achievement.”
Asked whether Portugal and Goa can work together, he said, “Definitely, we have historical connections. We still share lots in common so working together is easier.”
Asked whether he feels that Portugal PM should apologise to Goans as demanded by MGP, he said, “Dr Costa fought the dictatorship in Portugal. One should understand that Goa was colonised by the dictators and not by the democratic people in Portugal. So if democracy has taken over in Portugal then where is the question of apology?”
He said the cultural programme in honour of the Portuguese PM was cancelled as Portugal is in mourning following the death of the former President Mario Soares, and through the External Affairs Ministry, the Portuguese embassy requested that the cultural program be cancelled.