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Prez praises Goa's cosmopolitan culture, its people's warmth

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

today praised for its cosmopolitan character and called its people "global citizens" due to their extensive contact with the world.

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 started his 12-minute speech in Konkani for which he received a loud round of applause from those gathered at the reception.

"was a centre of international trade and, in the past, traders from as far as and 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.

"has portrayed Goa's culture through his cartoons to the world. The ancestors of belong to Goa," he said.

The wished good health to who recently returned to the state after undergoing treatment in the US for a pancreatic ailment.

"My wish is that he should remain healthy and lead the state towards progress. Manohar Parrikar, during his tenure as Defence Minister and Chief Minister, has proved his mettle on the basis of his capability, simple behaviour and honesty," Kovind said.

He invited people of the state to visit the when they are in New

"The 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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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 21:45 IST