THE UNITED NATIONS - A group of experts appointed by the UN has called on all countries to recognise the state of Palestine as a condition for lasting peace in the Middle East.

"All states must follow the example of 146 United Nations member states and recognise the state of Palestine and use all political and diplomatic resources at their disposal to bring about an immediate ceasefire in Gaza," they said on Monday.

“This recognition is an important acknowledgement of the rights of the Palestinian people and their struggles and suffering towards freedom and independence,."

The experts insisted that Palestine “must be able to enjoy full self-determination, including the ability to exist, determine their destiny and develop freely as a people with safety and security”.

Spain, Norway and Ireland recently recognised the state of Palestine.

The experts also called for an "immediate ceasefire" and no further military incursions into the southern Gazan city of Rafah.