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Indian PM visits Qatar to talk gas supply, workers' rights

  • In this Saturday June 4, 2016 photo released by the Qatar Agency, QNA, Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al -Thani, front right, receives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Doha, Qatar. (Qatar News Agency via AP)

    In this Saturday June 4, 2016 photo released by the Qatar Agency, QNA, Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al -Thani, front right, receives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Doha, Qatar. (Qatar News Agency via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Saturday June 4, 2016 photo released by the Qatar Agency, QNA, Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al -Thani, right, receives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Doha, Qatar. (Qatar News Agency via AP)

    In this Saturday June 4, 2016 photo released by the Qatar Agency, QNA, Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al -Thani, right, receives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Doha, Qatar. (Qatar News Agency via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sunday, June 5, 2016 photo released by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs's Twitter Page, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, talks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in Doha, Qatar. (Indian Ministry of External Affairs via AP)

    In this Sunday, June 5, 2016 photo released by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs's Twitter Page, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, talks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in Doha, Qatar. (Indian Ministry of External Affairs via AP)  (The Associated Press)

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is paying his first official visit to gas-rich Qatar, where he is scheduled to meet the Gulf country's leaders to discuss economic ties.

Qatari media say the country supplies India with more than 85 percent of its liquefied natural gas.

Modi, who is holding high-level meetings in Qatar on Sunday, dined the night before with hundreds of Indian laborers at a workers' camp in the capital, Doha.

He said he was aware of the issues they face in Qatar and is working to bring about changes to their labor conditions.

There are more than half-million Indians living in Qatar, many of them working lower paying construction jobs building stadiums that will host the 2022 World Cup.