40. The Conference welcomed Somalia’s remarkable transformation in the areas of security, and federal state building processes, and the latest decision on the election model for 2016 elections reached as a result of the Somali-led nation-wide and inclusive consultation process. It underlined the importance of setting a political road map for universal suffrage by 2020.

41. The Conference commended highly the consent of the State of Kuwait to host a donors’ conference to support the education sector of the Federal Republic of Somalia. It affirmed the importance of supporting and upgrading this sector aimed at guaranteeing security and promoting development and re-construction in the Federal Republic of Somalia.

42. The Conference also commended the Republic of Turkey for hosting the 6th Somalia High-level Partnership Forum on 23-24 February 2016 in Istanbul and urged Member States to support Somalia more actively in the international fora and increase their assistance to Somalia in order to enhance the humanitarian situation, security, stability and economic recovery in the country.

43. The Conference urged Member States which have not done so to open embassies in Somalia to help strengthen bilateral ties between Somalia and Member States, and called on them to be more active in the international fora regarding Somalia’s future.

44. The Conference commended the overall engagement of the OIC, the endeavors of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General, countries in the region as well as the larger international community since the outbreak of the conflict in the Central African Republic CAR and expressed satisfaction with the progress made in peace building and national reconciliation. It welcomed the successful conclusion of the political transition and reaffirmed the determination of the OIC to continue to support the new authorities address the challenges of sustainable development in the country.

45. The Conference reviewed the situation in Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea and expressed satisfaction for the successful elections which have consolidated stability, democracy and good governance. It also congratulated Burkina Faso for the successful conclusion of the political transition and the restoration of constitutional order.

46. The Conference further expressed its full solidarity with Lake Chad Basin countries of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroun and Chad which continue to face grave security challenges and vicious insurgency arising from the violent Boko Haram extremism and terrorism. It appealed to all the Member States and larger international community to bring all the necessary assistance to these countries through the Multinational Joint Task Force to defeat and eradicate the menace of terrorism as well as contribute to alleviate the dire humanitarian situation prevailing in the region. In this context, it welcomed the recent donors’ conference held on 01 February 2016 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa.

47. The Conference welcomed the decision of the Government of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia to officially make its country an Islamic State/Republic. It therefore invited the Arab League to advance Arab cooperation with the Islamic Republic of the Gambia in the framework of Arab-African cooperation and Islamic solidarity.

48. The Conference welcomed the role of His Highness Emir of the State of Qatar in resolving the conflict between the Republic of Djibouti and Eretria which recently led to the release of four Djiboutian prisoners after 8 years of incarceration during which Eretria had denied holding them. The Conference supported the continued mediation by His Highness Emir of the State of Qatar to resolve the border dispute between the two countries through a just and peaceful solution based on respect for the principle of good neighbourliness, the territorial integrity of the Republic of Djibouti, and the sanctity of the internationally recognized borders. The Conference praised the role of the Republic of Djibouti since the outbreak of the conflict committed to the resolution by peaceful means.

49. The Conference expressed serious concern over the ongoing violence and bloodshed in the Syrian Arab Republic, and stressed the need to preserve Syria’s unity, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. It reaffirmed its support for a political settlement of the conflict based on the Geneva Communiqu? and supported the political process under the auspices of the UN, with a view to implementing a Syrian-led and Syrian owned political transition that would allow building a new Syrian State based on a pluralist, non-sectarian, democratic and civilian system where the principles of equality before the law, rule of law and respect for human rights prevail.

50. The Conference also appreciated and welcomed national contribution by OIC Member States in resolving the crisis in Syria and in restoring peace in this country.

51. The Conference welcomed the unanimous adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution No. 2254 on Syria endorsing an international roadmap for a peace process in Syria. Adoption of the resolution showed the global unity on a conflict that has claimed almost 300,000 lives. The Conference stressed the need to implement this resolution.

52. The Conference expressed its hope that the negotiations of the Syrian parties starting on 13 April 2016 in Geneva would lead to constructive and positive outcomes that will help in resolving the Syrian crisis as soon as possible. It commended in this regard the efforts of the United Nations envoy Staffande Mistura in encouraging political dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition.

53. The Conference reiterated its appreciation to the neighboring countries notably Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey for generously hosting of Syrian refugees, and commended also other friendly States for the support extended to these refugees.

54. The Conference called on the international community and OIC Member States to support Syrian refugees and countries hosting them as soon as possible, and to develop resettlement programmes for Syrian refugees in order to alleviate their plights and that of the hosting States.

55. The conference commended the sincere efforts by the State of Kuwait to host three international donor conferences to support the humanitarian situation in Syria in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and its effective participation in chairing the 4th donor conference held recently in the British capital, London, on 4th February 2016 in partnership with United Kingdom, the Republic of Germany, Kingdom of Norway, and United Nations in response to the serious humanitarian crisis facing the innocent brotherly Syrians. It expressed deep gratitude to all states, organizations and donor institutions which pledged to donate funds in excess of USD 11 billion to achieve the desired objectives of this conference, and invited states and others organizations to contribute to providing assistance to the Syrian People.

56. The Conference congratulated His Highness the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on having been named Humanitarian Leader by the UN Secretary General in September 2014 in recognition of the significant role that His Highness is playing in the humanitarian domain.

57. The Conference welcomed the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution No. 2259 on Libya outlining the transitional task of Libyan authorities.

58. The Conference welcomed the signature on 17 December 2015 of the Libyan Political Agreement of Skhirat, Morocco to form a Government of National Accord consisting of the Presidency Council and Cabinet supported by other institutions of state. It also welcomed formation of the Presidency Council and Government of National Accord.

59. The Conference requested OIC Member States to work with the Libyan authorities and UNSMIL to develop a coordinated package of support to build the capacity of the Government of National Accord, in line with Libyan priorities and in response to requests for assistance.

60. The Conference stressed the importance of peaceful democratic transition and the adoption of a new constitution that guarantees freedoms, the rule of law, smooth transfer of power through full participation of all the components of the Libyan people and the building of a new democratic Libya.