US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke has confirmed that Saudi Arabia has initiated a dialogue with the Taliban and that the United States would support any Saudi initiative. As far as the Saudis go, (Afghan) President (Hamid) Karzai mentioned them by name in his speech. Its well known that he asked King Abdullah to play a role here, said Holbrooke when asked if the Saudis had initiated a dialogue with the Taliban. I have talked to the Saudis. Ive been to Riyadh. I talked to King Abdullah about it myself. We would be supportive of anything that the kingdom chose to do in this regard, he added, while explaining how the United States viewed the Saudi-sponsored talks. Asked if the British were also involved in these talks, Holbrooke said: I cant speak about the British. You have to ask them. Meanwhile, Saudi newspaper Al Watan reported on Tuesday that the US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Gen Karl Eikenberry, held talks with the former Taliban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mulla Mutawakil, in Kabul. They exchanged views of their governments with the goal of ending the Afghan war. The US ambassador offered to recognise the Taliban rule in several provinces, including Kandahar, Helmand, Arzakan, Kunar, and Nuristan. In return, the US ambassador demanded that the militants stop their attacks on US forces and bases in the country. Mulla Mutawakil is now expected to convey the US initiative to Taliban leader Mulla Omar through his adviser Mulla Brader Akhond.