The state funeral of Chad’s long-serving President Idriss Déby is being held after he was killed by rebels.
Among the foreign leaders is France’s President Emmanuel Macron, for whom Chad is a key ally in the fight against jihadists in region.
Friday’s ceremony saw a military march-past and a speech by his son, Gen Mahamat “Kaka” Déby Itno, who the army has named as the country’s new leader.
He vowed to “stay loyal to the memory” of his father.
Gen Déby also said he and his family would continue the legacy of “dialogue, forgiveness, peace, unity” that the late president was “admired for”.
After the ceremony in N’Djamena, Déby will be buried in his native region.
The army says President Déby died in a battle with a dissident army rebel group, called Fact, in the country’s north on Tuesday.
Other visiting heads of state include the leaders of Guinea, Mali, Mauritania and Nigeria – who have all ignored warnings from the rebels that they should not attend for security reasons.
After the military honours and various speeches, a prayer will be said at the Grand Mosque of N’Djamena.
Then, in the early afternoon, Mr Déby’s remains will be flown to Amdjarass, a small village next to his hometown of Berdoba, more than 1,000 km (600 miles) from the capital, near the Sudanese border.
News of his shock death on Tuesday was met with tributes from numerous presidents – France’s Emmanuel Macron called him a “brave friend”, Cameroon’s Paul Biya said he served “tirelessly”, DR Congo’s Felix Tshisikedi called it a “a great loss for Chad and for all of Africa”, Mali’s President Bah Ndaw lamented his “brutal” death and South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa called it “disturbing”.
President Déby was a key player in security strategy in the Sahel region – and Chad is reputed for having one of the best-trained and best-equipped armies in West Africa, which is battling militants link to both al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.
A military council led by his son, Gen Mahamat Déby Itno took power after his death.
The BBC’s Lalla Sy says he only has partial support of the army, however he is backed by former colonial ruler France, which has a large military base in N’Djamena.
On Thursday French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian appeared to back the military takeover, by saying the immediate priority in Chad was to ensure the country’s stability amid “exceptional circumstances”.
Gen Déby, 37, has said the army will hold democratic elections in 18 months, but opposition leaders have condemned his succession as a “coup” and an army general said many officers were opposed to the transition. A general strike has been called in protest.
Fact rebels also reject it but have called a temporary ceasefire while Friday’s funeral takes place.
In a statement on Friday, the rebels said their command centre had been bombed two days earlier in an attempt to kill their leader. Its location, and details of any casualties, were not specified.
‘Military divisions spell fragile beginnings’
Analysis by Lalla Sy, BBC News
Chad’s president was one of Africa’s longest-serving rulers and a close ally of the Western powers, especially France.
The support given to president Idriss Déby – officially aimed at fighting against rebel groups and Islamist militants in West and Central Africa – consisted of intelligence for the Chadian army, aerial surveillance, and even protecting strategic points for the Chadian army.
The presence of a foreign army is never well received by the local population, especially when they are soldiers of the former colonial power.
The idea that France deliberately maintains a certain chaos in the region to defend its interests is believed by many.
But divisions within Chad’s military – who only partially support the new leader while rebels reject him outright – raises fears of instability as a fragile transition gets underway.