The president of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, has arrived in Moscow to take part in a jubilee meeting of the leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Speaking to reporters he reaffirmed that Uzbekistan "will certainly cooperate with the antiterrorist alliance" in its antiterrorist operation in Afghanistan. Karimov said Uzbekistan has already offered to the United States the use one of its airports, which will be used only for search-and-rescue and humanitarian operations. Karimov said "Uzbekistan is against bomb strikes and other land operations to be carried out from its territory".
For the time being, one needs to finish the construction of the section that is 100 kilometres long. On October 17, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with RND that the project would be completed