TASHKENT (AFP) - Uzbek President Islam Karimov said on Wednesday he would allow the United States to transport non-military supplies through his country as part of a new supply route to Afghanistan. The move addresses a major concern for US President Barack Obama, whose plans for a surge in operations in Afghanistan took a blow when Kyrgyzstan announced the closure of a US airbase on its territory earlier this month. "Uzbekistan has agreed to allow non-military, I underline, non-military cargo to be transited through Uzbek territory to Afghanistan, in accordance with existing Uzbek legislation," Karimov told reporters. "Cargo will certainly come to Termez from every direction, to the bridge over the Amu Darya," he said, referring to the city of Termez on the Uzbek side of the Amu Darya river crossing into Afghanistan. The decision by Kyrgyzstan to close the US airbase at Manas, signed into law last week by President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, prompted a flurry of diplomatic activity in strategically vital Central Asia. General David Petraeus, head of US Central Command, travelled to Uzbekistan last week in a visit widely seen as linked to Washington's hopes for increasing transit through the ex-Soviet region to Afghanistan.