TASHKENT (AFP) - Top US General David Petraeus on Tuesday held talks with President Islam Karimov in Uzbekistan as coalition forces search for new supply routes into war-wracked Afghanistan. "General Petraeus visited Tashkent to listen to Uzbekistan's perspective on key regional security issues and the best approaches to addressing these challenges, particularly Afghanistan," the US embassy said in a statement. "He met with the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and senior Uzbek officials from the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs. They discussed a broad range of topics, including the security and stability of Afghanistan." The visit, during which the pair discussed a wide range of issues including cooperation on anti-terrorism and regional security, was "an important event in Uzbek-US relations", Karimov said. "This is the first visit of a representative of the new US administration," he told Uzbekistan's state news agency UzA. "This meeting is a big chance to exchange opinions regarding our partnership and the situation in the region." Washington has been seeking agreement with ex-Soviet states in Central Asia to host supply routes, and Uzbekistan is considered a prime candidate due to its extensive railway links with Afghanistan. The Kyrgyz parliament moved ahead Tuesday with the closure of the US base at Manas, announcing its plan to bring the question before a full session of parliament for a final vote this week, a Kyrgyz lawmaker said. The foreign affairs committee "plans to bring this question before a plenary session of parliament this Thursday (tomorrow)," Erik Arseliyev said, after the committee approved the government's recommendation for closing the base. Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Kadyrbek Sarbayev told AFP his government was no longer holding talks with Washington over the issue. The base is not necessary as "all the conditions for the stable functioning of a state system have already been created in Afghanistan," he said. But recent attacks on a supply route from Pakistan - together with the loss of the Kyrgyz base - have heightened the need for new routes into Afghanistan. Tashkent closed a US air base that helped serve troops stationed in Afghanistan in 2005, following EU and US criticism over the Uzbek government's handling of an armed uprising in the city of Andijan. Relations between Washington and Tashkent have warmed again recently and the US army is again using Uzbekistan as a stop-off point for military operations in Afghanistan. German forces have been using the airport at Termez, on the border with Afghanistan, since 2002 and have about 300 troops stationed there, mostly maintenance crews. The Manas base in Kyrgyzstan, operated by about 1,000 troops including small French and Spanish contingents, was set up to support coalition forces fighting to oust the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The closure of the base would strain US supply lines at a time when US President Barack Obama is preparing to nearly double the 36,000-strong force in the country, and has caused a scramble for alternative routes. The closure was announced earlier this month, after the Kremlin announced 330 million dollars in aid and debt relief as well as a loan worth two billion dollars for the impoverished Central Asian state.