The Afghan government has called for a humanitarian ceasefire with the Taliban, as the first-ever peace talks between the two sides began in Qatar.
Abdullah Abdullah, who led the government’s delegation, stressed that there was “no winner through war”.
The Taliban did not mention a truce, reiterating instead that Afghanistan should be under Islamic law.
The US encouraged both sides to reach an agreement, telling them: “The entire world wants you to succeed”.
Afghanistan has seen four decades of conflict, with tens of thousands of civilians killed.
The historic talks began on Saturday, one day after the 19th anniversary of the deadly 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks in New York, that led to the US beginning military operations in Afghanistan.
The conflict in Afghanistan has been the longest in US history.
Why are these talks so important?