Jakarta - AFP/INP/APP - The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called Monday for a ban on products from Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and pledged full support for the "inalienable rights" of the Palestinians.

The call came at the end of the OIC summit in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, which brought together representatives from 57 states. An OIC resolution urged "member states and the wider international community to ban products produced in or by illegal Israeli settlements from their markets".

However, the move was not binding on member states. Settlements refer to Jewish communities built in areas occupied by Israel since 1967. Such settlements are illegal under international law and major stumbling blocks to peace efforts, with those in the West Bank and East Jerusalem built on land which Palestinians see as part of their future state. The issue of goods imported from settlements has caused tensions with Israel in the past.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in November suspended diplomatic contacts with the European Union about the Middle East peace process - which has been stalled for almost two years - over the bloc's decision to label imported produce from the settlements as such rather than "Made in Israel".

The suspension was ended last month when Netanyahu held talks with the EU's foreign policy chief. At the end of Monday's summit, the OIC also pledged "full support to the political, diplomatic and legal efforts" to ensure the Palestinians achieved their "inalienable rights".

The Jakarta meeting was attended by leaders including Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes by the International Criminal Court. It came amid a five-month wave of violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories that has killed 181 Palestinians as well as 28 Israelis. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in April 2014 and since then the situation has deteriorated, with the prospect of fresh dialogue appearing more remote than ever.

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain called for resolution of longstanding Palestine dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Palestinian people for durable and sustainable peace and stability in the Middle East.

Addressing the two-day extraordinary meeting of the heads of OIC states in Jakarta, he said the independence and sovereignty of Palestine should be the first and foremost priority of Muslim Ummah.

He said the people of Pakistan consider the Palestine dispute as its own and will continue to support the creation of Palestinian state with Al-Qadus Al Sharif as its capital.

He regretted that the root causes of Palestine and Kashmir disputes are being overlooked. Expressing serious concerns over the recent spate of violence in the Palestinian areas, the President said the unbridled use of force by Israel is contrary to international laws. He said the Palestinian people should be given the right to exercise their religion besides their prisoners should be released.

Earlier, Indonesia President Joko Widodo in his opening remarks to the summit, said the entire world is concerned by the deterioration of the situation in Palestine and criticized what he called Israel's "unilateral and illegal policies." He said if the OIC cannot be part of the solution to Palestine, then the OIC becomes irrelevant.

Pakistan, Indonesia agree on joint mechanism on global,

regional issues

President Mamnoon Hussain and his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo Monday agreed on setting up a joint mechanism between their countries for holding political consultation on global and regional issues.

In a meeting held on the sidelines of fifth Extraordinary Summit of Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Palestine and Al-Quds, both leaders stressed the need for devising a strategy to find solutions to the problems and conflicts particularly confronting the Muslim countries.

President Mamnoon said that Pakistan and Indonesia together could also work for removing the negative impression about Muslims, and for countering Islamophobia. He felicitated Indonesia on holding the Organisation of Islamic Conference summit which had gathered the Muslim leaders to find a way for lasting solution of the Palestine issue. Similarly, he said the Muslim world should also extend support to Kashmiris for their just demand of right to self-determination.

Mamnoon said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Indonesia and stressed the need for enhancing bilateral ties particularly in trade.

He mentioned that the bilateral trade had crossed US$ 2 billion and appreciated the recent signing of agreement under which Pakistan would export one million metric ton rice per annum to Indonesia over the next four years.

President Mamnoon expressed satisfaction that the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between the two countries was operational since September 2013 and said there was a need to move towards Free Trade Agreement (FTA). He invited the Indonesian investors to take advantage of favourable and attractive investment opportunities in Pakistan.

President Mamnoon said that Pakistan condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestation and emphasized that both Pakistan and Indonesia should enhance cooperation through already established mechanism of Joint Working Group on counter-terrorism.