India-Africa Summit begins with record participation

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3rd India- Africa Forum Summit begins today with heads of 54 African countries taking part.

“The first head of state arrives. King of Morocco Mohammed VI in Delhi, received by Minister Sanjeev Balyan,” said Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of the ministry of External Affairs in a tweet.

This is perhaps the only time all 54 African countries are coming together for such a meeting outside the continent.

The agenda includes a meeting of senior officials on October 26, meeting of foreign ministers on October 27 and the summit on October 29. There will also be bilateral meetings, while President Pranab Mukherjee will host a grand banquet at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on the evening of October 29.

The summit is expected to address key challenges facing participating countries, including food, health and environment, as well as deepen cooperation on maritime security and countering terrorism.

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