FEBRUARY 17 2009 08:35h
An embassy spokeswoman in Tashkent said Petraeus would meet Uzbek President Islam Karimov.
The visit follows a decision earlier this month by Kyrgyzstan, another Central Asian state near Afghanistan, to close an important U.S. air base used as a staging post for operations in Afghanistan.
An embassy spokeswoman in Tashkent said Petraeus would meet Uzbek President Islam Karimov and other top Uzbek officials to discuss the situation in Afghanistan as part of his visit.
"He is here in Tashkent to listen to Uzbekistan's perspective ... on the situation in Afghanistan," she said.
A Western diplomat told Reuters earlier this month that Washington was close to signing a deal with Uzbekistan that would allow U.S. non-military rail cargo to pass through Uzbekistan on its way to neighbouring Afghanistan.