There are further signs of Afghanistan reaching out to the Taliban.
The Afghan President Hamid karzai says he has the backing of the US and Europe in his renewed efforts for reconciliation.
The comments come after a meeting in Istanbul with the Pakistani President, in talks hosted by Turkey’s leader.
Karzai said: “Taliban who are not part of al-Qaida or other terrorist networks are welcome to come back to their country, lay down arms and resume life under the constitution of Afghanistan, as the citizens of Afghanistan, enjoy the privileges and the rights and the guarantees given by the Afghan constitution.”
Karzai says his government had tried in the past to find ways of rehabilitating non-al Qaeda Taliban fighters, but previously did not have the support of international allies.
A conference in London later this week is expected to agree a framework for the Afghan government to begin taking charge of security.
President Obama wants to start withdrawing US troops by next year.