- Will make provisions for women's rights in line with cultural traditions and religious rules
- Head of Taliban's political office says we believe in resolving issues through understanding
KABUL: The Taliban said on Sunday they were committed to peace talks, adding they wanted a "genuine Islamic system" in Afghanistan that would make provisions for women's rights in line with cultural traditions and religious rules.
The statement came amid slow progress in the talks between the Afghan Taliban and government representatives in Qatar and as violence rises dramatically around the country ahead of the withdrawal of foreign forces by September 11.
Officials have raised concerns over the stalling negotiations and have said the Taliban has not yet submitted a written peace proposal that could be used as a starting point for substantive talks.
"We understand that the world and Afghans have queries and questions about the form of the system to be established following withdrawal of foreign troops," said Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of the Taliban's political office, in the statement, adding the issues were best addressed during negotiations in Doha.
"A genuine Islamic system is the best means for solution of all issues of the Afghans," he said. "Our very participation in the negotiations and its support on our part indicates openly that we believe in resolving issues through (mutual) understanding."
He added that women and minorities would be protected and diplomats and NGO workers would be able to work securely.
It was not clear whether the Afghan Taliban would allow women to carry out public roles and whether workplaces and schools would be segregated by gender.
The group's spokesman did not immediately to respond to request for comment.
In May, US intelligence analysts released an assessment that the Taliban "would roll back much" of the progress made in Afghan women's rights if the Islamist extremists regained national power.