2019-02-06 14:04:00

Taliban calls for writing new Afghan constitution based on Islam - delegation head

Moscow, February 6, Interfax - The Taliban movement (banned in Russia) calls for writing a new Afghan constitution based on Islam, the head of the Taliban delegation to the intra-Afghan talks in Moscow, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, said.

"It [is] necessary that constitution must be based on principles of Islamic religion, national interests, historical achievements and social justice. [...] The draft of such constitution should be prepared by Afghan scholars and intellectuals in an atmosphere of freedom," Stanekzai said at the conference.

Interfax has obtained the text of his speech.

"The current constitution in its present version is a major obstacle to peace," he said.