German Defense Minister Peter Struck has met in Tashkent with Uzbek counterpart Kadyr Gulyamov for talks on security and regional issues.

The two men also discussed bilateral military cooperation and technical exchange during their meeting earlier Sunday.

German and Dutch troops are currently leading international stabilization efforts in neighboring Afghanistan, where Mr. Struck is set to arrive Monday.

In Kabul, the German defense minister is expected to oversee the transfer of command of Afghanistan's multinational peacekeeping force to NATO.

On Friday, President Bush praised Germany for its expanded role in Afghanistan, and said he looked forward to thanking German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder for his country's assistance.

Earlier Sunday, Mr. Struck said his country may also contribute peacekeeping troops to Iraq, but only under a mandate from NATO and the United Nations.