President Barack Obama said during a joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that it is not for the United States to decide the final terms of peace in Afghanistan.
His government has made clear, Obama said, that any peace or reconciliation process between the Kabul-based Afghan government and the Quetta Shura Taliban should be led by the Afghans themselves.
"It is not for the United States to determine what the terms of this peace will be," the president said.
The president's remarks came during a joint press conference with Afghan president Hamid Karzai and after more than ten years of U.S. military intervention in that war-torn nation. More than 2,000 American military personnel have died over the course of the war and more than $90 billion has been dedicated to fight, defend, and reconstruct Afghanistan in a manner that denies the Taliban the ability to provide sanctuary to al Qaeda.