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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Workers' Medical Camp in Mesheireb Downtown Doha on June 4, 2016.PIB
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the business community of Qatar on Sunday, June 5, 2016. Picture: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani wave after the inauguration of the Salma Dam in Herat province, Afghanistan June 4, 2016Reuters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a five-nation tour, will on Sunday address the business community of Qatar, India's biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier. He reached Doha, Qatar's capital, on Saturday evening after concluding his visit to Afghanistan.

Soon after landing in Doha, Modi met Qatar's Prime Minister Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani and later visited Workers' Camp in Msheireb Downtown Doha where he interacted with the Indian workers, NDTV reported.

Addressing the Indians at a free medical camp organised by the Indian Community Benevolent Fund (ICBF) and the Indian Doctors Community (IDC) in this Gulf nation, Modi said: "Maybe none of you know me. But you must be feeling good that somebody has come from India to meet you."

"I have good news for you. This year the monsoon will be good in India," he said further.

Modi is expected to meet Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Sunday and discuss with him bilateral issues, and regional and international matters, concerning both the nations, Press Trust of India reported. He will later address the business community of the Gulf country.

The Indian prime minister's first leg of the five-nation tour began with a visit to Afghanistan where he was offered the country's highest civilian honour, Amir Amanullah Khan Award.

"My deepest gratitude to the Government of Afghanistan for conferring the Amir Amanullah Khan Award," the prime minister tweeted on Saturday.

Modi and Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani formally inaugurated the India-Afghanistan Friendship Dam, earlier known as Salma Dam, in Chishti Sharif District of Herat Province on Saturday. The dam will provide water to the irrigation fields that were destroyed by a 15-year-long drought, the Indian Express reported.

Besides, it will also provide water to 640 villages in Chist-i-Sharif, Obe, Pashtun Zarghun, Karokh, Gozara, Injil, Zindjan, Kohsan and Ghoryan districts and generate electricity for over 2.5 lakh homes that were devoid of power until now.

"India will not forget you or turn away. Your friendship is our honour; your dreams are our duty," the IE quoted Modi as saying in a speech aired live by major Afghan channels.

Modi will carry forward his five-nation tour with a visit to Switzerland later on Sunday. After that, he will leave for the United States, where he will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress and is also expected to hold bilateral talks with President Barack Obama. 

He will conclude his tour in Mexico where he will meet Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday.

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