Last week, President Islam Karimov came to New York to participate in the UN General Assembly (UNGA). His staff put out the rumor via the semi-official uzmetronom.com that he would meet with President Barack Obama. In the event, another regional leader, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, got to meet with the American president but President Karimov, who is also helping the U.S. deliver non-lethal materials to Afghanistan on the Northern Distribution Network, was not scheduled. President Roza Otunbayaev of neighboring Kyrgyzstan also met with President Obama for a wide-ranging discussion of issues including the Manas fuel-supply issue, EurasiaNet reported.
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