Just a day after a suicide bomber targeted NATO troops in the Afghan capital, the first official peace talks have been held between the Taliban and the government.
The talks near the Pakistani capital ended with an agreement to meet again, after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, hailed the talks as a breakthrough.
“The Talibans who are now attending the meeting are very important people. They have nominated their people, The Shura has nominated them.
“And on the other side, the Afghan side, important people are coming and attending the meeting, they are also satisfied with the kind of people who are attending this conference from the Taliban side.”
The US and China were observers at the talks.
It is reported a further meeting is planned on August the 15th or 16th in Doha, the capital of Qatar.