Karzai has released an inaugural session of a peace committee aimed at reconciling with the Taliban and other militant groups, as the war in Afghanistan enters its 10th year.
The first conference of the 70-member council took place Thursday on the ninth centenary of the start of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. The group includes former Taliban officials, former presidents, and civil and spiritual leaders.
At the conference, President Karzai called on the Taliban to use the chance to join in bringing peace to Afghanistan. The government has urged insurgents to renounce aggression and respect the constitution.