US President Barack Obama said an Afghanistan-led peace process is the only way towards peace in the country and added that the Taliban must renounce al-Qaeda.
Obama also commended Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai for the "courageous step" and said the process would not be easy or quick.
Official peace talks on Afghanistan between the United States and the Taliban were delayed today, amid a row about an office.
American negotiators will sit down with black turbaned men from the Taliban, at least one of whom speaks impeccable English.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai says his government will not take part in any peace talks involving the Taliban - at least for now.