Portuguese Foreign Minister Mario Soares conditioned his five-day visit to India on Sunday (29 December) by touring the forme Portuguese enclave of Goa.
GV Welcome signs in Goa and banners across street (3 shots)
GV Industrial estate a Corlim
LV Welcome banner on fishing-net factory
SCU Soares being greeted at factory
SV INT Soares and party touring factory (5 shots)
SV Soares shaking hands with workers
SCU Soares receives gift and shakes hands with official
GV Cathedral with queues at entrance (3 shots)
LV & CUs Soares inside cathedral looking at Saint's body in open casket (8 shots)
GV PAN FROM Cathedral TO Soares and party leaving and shaking hands with crowds
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Background: Portuguese Foreign Minister Mario Soares conditioned his five-day visit to India on Sunday (29 December) by touring the forme Portuguese enclave of Goa. Together with two other former enclaves, Daman and Diu, Goa was seized by Indian in 1961.
With the tall of the Caetano regime in Portugal early in the year, the new Portuguese Government recognised formal Indian sovereignty over the territories. Dr. Soares' visit to Indian was designed to reconcile relations between India and Portugual, and to put into writing Portugal's recognition of the new status of the former enclaves.
While in Goa, the Portuguese Foreign Minister visited the exposition of the remains of St. Francis Xavier in the See Cathedral in Old Goa. church authorities have said that this is the last time the 400-year-old body of the intrepid seventeenth-century Jesuit missionary will be displayed, for time has begun to take its toll and the body condition is deteriorating.
Dr. Soares also visited the industrial estate of Corlim, where he toured a fishing-net factory and met a number of workers.