Below is a statement from the Afghan Taliban, which refers to itself as the "Islamic Emirate [state] of Afghanistan" (as it did in the 1990s). The statement is run without edits.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan believes that in condition of the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan, all talks, whatsoever, will only prolong the current tragedy in Afghanistan and, therefore, Islamic Emirate categorically rejects reports about participation of the representatives of the Islamic Emirate in the Maldives talks.
Those persons who participated in the Maldives meeting in the name of envoys of the Islamic Emirate, are, in fact, persons who have already surrendered to Karzai Administration and are currently active members of the State organs of the Surrogate Administration or members of puppet State intelligence department. Foreign invaders utilize their former positions and portfolios, to use them as paid recruits. They are members of Karzai administration rather than envoys of the Islamic Emirate. Their participation in such meetings emanates from their economic and political constraints and is never aimed at solving the current issue of Afghanistan.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, while expressing its satisfaction about the results and achievements of the Al-Fatah operations, once again announces that the essential solution of the Afghan issue lies in unconditional and immediate withdrawal of the foreign forces from the country whereas such impractical talks which are only a waste of time, will never serve the purpose.