Iraqi president congratulates Ahmadinejad on election victory

Iraq's president has congratulated his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his re-election. Jalal Talabani is the second head of state in the world to offer support for the hard-liner following Afghan President Hamid Karzai's statement. Iran has declared Ahmadinejad the victor but the results are being challenged by opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. Talabani's office said Sunday he sent a congratulatory telegram to Ahmadinejad. Talabani says the victory shows support for Ahmadinejad personally as well as "the approach taken by the Islamic Republic" under Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Talabani expressed confidence "that the friendly and neighborly relations" will improve in the coming years.