Kovind, speaking at a civic reception organised here, said the warm attitude of Goans, besides the state's coastline and natural beauty, ensured that it continued to attract tourists in large numbers.
The president started his 12-minute speech in Konkani for which he received a loud round of applause from those gathered at the reception.
"Goa was a centre of international trade and, in the past, traders from as far as Japan and Africa have visited it. Goans are real global citizens due to their extensive contact with the world. The state is an example of cosmopolitan culture," Kovind said.
"My wish is that he should remain healthy and lead the state towards progress. Manohar Parrikar, during his tenure as Defence Minister and Goa Chief Minister, has proved his mettle on the basis of his capability, simple behaviour and honesty," Kovind said.
"The Rashtrapati Bhavan is not only for the President of India, it is for all countrymen. Whenever you come to Delhi, you are welcome to visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan," he said.
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