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(Clockwise from top left) South African President Jacob Zuma, Zimbabwean President Robert G Mugabe, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir.Reuters

The third India Africa Forum Summit, which is being held from 26 to 29 October, has set the stage for a new era in mutual partnership between two of the world's fastest growing regions.

The India-Africa Forum Summit 2015, which is the largest gatherings of African nations outside the continent, is being attended by all the 54 African countries. About 40 African leaders are participating in the event along with several ministers and other dignitaries.

Here are some of the prominent African leaders who are attending the summit:

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari, who was sworn in as Nigerian President in March 2015, is considered an incoruptible disciplinarian. Buhari had attended the Defence Services Staff College in Tamil Nadu in 1973, according to The Economic Times.

India imports 20% of crude oil from the West African country. Both the countries are members of the Commonwealth of Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement.

Zimbabwean President Robert G Mugabe

Robert Mugabe, who is the world's oldest leader, has been Zimbabwean President for over 28 years. He is known for leading revolutions against the white minority rule in the country.

Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir

Omar al-Bashir is the first sitting presidents to be indicted by the International Criminal Court. He was slapped with charges of rape, massacre and pillage in Darfur. India has invited him to the summit as Sudan is not a signatory of ICC.

Both the countries have longstanding relations with each other. India was one of the first Asian countries to recognise Sudan and establish diplomatic relations with it.

South African President Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma, who had been involved in several controversies, was also charged with rape and corruption. The 73-year-old has 20 children from five marriages.

The two former British colonies are members of BRICS and IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) Forum and have strong diplomatic relations.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sworn in as Egyptian President in June 2014. He ousted Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi during the 2013 uprisings and installed an interim government.

India and Egypt are founders of Non-Aligned Movement under Jawaharlal Nehru and Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1955. India is the fourth largest trade partner of Egypt.

Moroccan King Mohammed VI

King Mohammed VI is known for introducing several economic reforms in the country. Morocco is also one of the most liberal African nations.

India is one of the first countries to support Moroccan freedom movement and to recognise Morocco as an independent country. Morocco has also supported India regarding the Kashmir issue.

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