Kabul, Jan 10 (Agencies): Frank Ruggiero, the acting special Afghanistan and Pakistan envoy of Washington met President Hamid Karzai on Sunday in their first meeting since he took the post, officials from Kabul said.

Frank Ruggiero assured the US-backed Afghan leader of Washington's support for his plans to make peace with "those Taliban who are not linked to terrorist groups," Karzai's office said in a statement.

Karzai is trying to broker a peaceful end to the near decade-long war, an insurgency being waged by the Taliban who were ousted from power in a US-led invasion in 2001.
The mainstream Taliban has publicly rejected Karzai's peace overtures.

Ruggiero replaced Holbrooke as acting special representative following the latter's death in December after suffering a torn aorta.

His last words were "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan," US media reported, citing Holbrooke's relatives.

The visit comes before world leaders from South Asia and beyond are expected to attend a US memorial ceremony for Holbrooke on January 14, around which a series of meetings on stabilising the region are expected to be held.