Russia hosted a landmark international meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow aimed at kick-starting peace talks after decades of war, where Taliban leaders also participated.
Members of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, which oversees peace efforts but does not represent the Afghan government, were also present.
The Taliban again stressed the group would only hold direct talks with the US – not the Kabul government.
Kabul did not send its delegation for the meeting, which was attended by about a dozen countries. The US had observer status.
Following is a full English transcript of the speech delivered by the Taliban delegation in Moscow.