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9- a. Welcome the convening of the presidential and legislative elections in Somalia according to the vision of the Somali government and national resolutions supported at the Arab and international levels; endorse efforts aiming to hold direct and general elections across Somalia in 2020; to review the constitution and restructure State institutions, taking into consideration the concrete steps implemented during the period of 2012-2016; seek to support the Somali security institutions; with the aim to continue international and regional coordination and cooperation with Somalia to counter terrorist activities of al-Shabaab terrorist group across Somalia.

b. Welcome the various efforts to support the Somali economy; and continue working with the Somali government in order to open markets for Somali products, and to support the Somali and international efforts to combat drought and its disastrous consequences in Somalia.

c. Call upon the International Community to actively contribute to further strengthening the capacities of the Somali National Army (SNA) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which endure the main burden of the fight against Al-Shabaab. Note that the SNA should eventually take full responsibility for ensuring security in Somalia.

10- a. Emphasise the importance of establishing relations between Arab States and the Islamic Republic of Iran on the basis of the principles of good-neighbourliness, refrain from the use of force, non-interference in internal affairs, respect of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, resolve disputes through peaceful means, according to the United Nations Charter and international law; recognise that de-escalating tensions and rebuilding confidence would promote security and stability in the region.

b. Stress on the importance of the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative convey in the message of His Highness the Emir of Kuwait to the Iranian President, calling for a positive engagement with this initiative to enhance peace and security in the region.

c. Welcome the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is a multilateral endeavour endorsed by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 of 2015 and in full conformity with the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons; and recall the importance of incessant, full and effective implementation by all sides.

11- Express concern over the lack of progress between the United Arab Emirates and the Islamic Republic of Iran over the three islands (Greater and the Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa); and emphasise the support to reach a peaceful solution to the dispute in accordance with international law and the Charter of the United Nations, including direct negotiations between the two parties.

12- a. Underline that the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as the cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime, the essential foundation for the pursuit of nuclear disarmament in accordance with Article VI of the NPT and an important element to further develop nuclear energy applications for peaceful purposes, as inalienable right of all Parties to the NPT to use and develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

b. Agree on the importance of cooperation for the success of Review Conference 2020, including the first Preparatory Committee Meeting in 2017.

c. Agree on the importance of implementing the Resolution on the Middle East adopted by the 1995 Review and Extension Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, in addition, this resolution is still in force until achieving its goals and objectives.

d. Emphasise the importance of the universality of the Treaty, urging Israel to accede to this Treaty and to subject all its nuclear facilities to the comprehensive safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

13- Call for reviewing Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), since it contains provisions that are inconsistent with the principles of International Law.

II.? Economic and Social Issues: 14- Stress on the need to activate dialogue among civilisations, cultures and religions as a strategic option, including seeking to preserve national identity and cultural particularity, respect for cultural pluralism, so as to contribute to restoring and deepening the concepts of peace, security and justice, promoting the values of tolerance and respect, increasing mutual understanding among various nations and peoples, confronting all forms of violence and religious extremism, addressing racist manifestations and racial or religious discrimination. Commend the outcomes of “Russian Federation Days” held in Kingdom of Bahrain, Nov. 24-28, 2016, which included an economic forum, business and trade meetings, and political seminars and cultural and art activities that reflect the deep-rooted Russian culture and civilization.

15- Call upon Arab States and the Russian Federation to implement the Joint Plan of Action 2016-2018, with the aim to implement the principles, goals and objectives of the Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum, therefore, the Joint High Officials Committee is entrusted with monitoring the implementation of the Plan of Action and submitting regular reports on the progress achieved thereof.

16- Emphasise the importance of promoting parliamentary cooperation and development; and consider in this regard, conducting meetings between the Arab and the Russian Parliaments to discuss future cooperation.

17- Stress the need to strengthen mutual cooperation and benefit from the leading Russian expertise in scientific research through conducting seminars and workshops thereof; and emphasize the importance of cooperation in the fields of human resources, science and technology for economic growth.

18- Commend the increase in economic cooperation between Member States of the League of Arab States and the Russian Federation; enhance and promote such cooperation, to increase bilateral trade and investment and benefit from the Russian experience and expertise in the areas of industry, agriculture, food security, water resources, banking and finance, oil and gas, renewable and clean energy, as well as peaceful uses of nuclear energy, transport, tourism, communications, and intellectual property rights, in addition to cooperation in various areas, such as environment, technology transfer and other. In this context, welcome the Sudanese offer to host the Arab-Russian Economic conference during 2017 in Khartoum, to support and enhance mutual economic trade and investment relations. Enhance cooperation and coordination between the two sides in the field of energy and highlight the considerable efforts exerted by Algeria to reach an agreement between OPEC states and those outside the region, signed in Algeria, on (28/9/2016).

19- Take note of the outcome of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, held in the Russian Federation on June 16-18, 2016. Encourage the participation of Arab partners in the VIII International Industrial Trade Fair INNOPROM-2017 to be held in Ekaterinburg, Russia on July 10-13, 2017.

20- Provide the possible assistance to the efforts to convene a joint session of the Arab-Russian business council and fourth international exposition “Arabia-EXPO” in current year.

21- Emphasise the importance of the development of agricultural cooperation between Member States of the League of Arab States and Russian Federation; urge officials and business communities to support and strengthen cooperation through convening workshops between experts from both sides, on enhancing agricultural cooperation; and call on concerned entities from both sides to participate in the Russian-Arab Agricultural Conference, to be held under the programme of work of the International Exhibition of Agriculture in Morocco in 2017.

22- Underline the importance of promoting cooperation between both the Arab and Russian sides in the field of preservation of environment and climate change issues, as well as joint efforts to maintain balance in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and the outcomes of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at its Twenty-Second Session (COP-22), which was hosted by Marrakech in November 2016, that serves mutual interests, until the convening of the Twenty-Third Session (COP-23) in Bonn, during the period of 6th – 17th November 2017, to discuss a number of issues, including: governance, international negotiations, as well as adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

23- Call to further cooperation in the field of education, including through enhancement of ties among universities and other higher education institutions, participation in international scientific and cultural meetings to take place in Arab States and the Russian Federation; recall the importance of the development of scientific and technical cooperation between the two sides, as well as cooperation in the field of space science and technology, including the exchange of experiences, visits, joint scientific researches and technological projects between universities and research centers of both sides; and emphasize that the Global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development constitutes an effective framework for coordination and cooperation.

24- Stress the importance of the Russian-Arab cooperation in the field of housing and construction, to cooperate in a number of relevant issues, including: the production of insulating materials to moisture, methods and materials for thermal insulation in exterior walls of buildings.

25- Emphasise the importance of developing touristic ties between the Russian Federation and Member States of the League of Arab States and the need to further enhance cooperation among relevant organizations and agencies and for sustained efforts on all levels to promote tourism; and exert efforts to remove obstacles to touristic cooperation between both sides, and call upon the Arab partners to participate in XII International Travel Fair “Intourmarket-2017” in Moscow (March 2017, 2018) as well as EXPO 2020 Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

26- Exert Efforts to enhance cultural cooperation, including improvement of relations between relevant organizations of the Russian Federation and Member States of the League of Arab States, convene festivals, fairs and exhibitions on a reciprocal basis; stress the importance of preserving cultural and historical Arab and Russian heritages, through exploring the possibility to establish an Arab Cultural Centre in Moscow with the aim to build mutual understanding and cultural exchanges; and call on the Secretariat General to continue appraising the various aspects of the establishment of this Centre.

27- Express gratitude and appreciation to the United Arab Emirates for its cordial hosting of the Fourth Session of the Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum, warm reception, generous hospitality and good organization of this Session.

28- Convene the Fifth Session of the Forum during 2018 in Moscow.

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