Karzai congratulates Ahmadinejad in phone call

Afghan President Hamid Karzai called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday to congratulate him on his victory in his country's presidential election, Karzai's office said. Karzai lauded the large turnout and congratulated the Iranian people "for making a decision about their destiny," according to a statement from the presidential palace. Karzai's phone call comes as opponents of Ahmadinejad challenge the result, saying that reformist Mir Hossein Mousavi - who declared himself the true winner of Friday's presidential contest - had won. The Afghan president said that relations between Afghanistan and its western neighbor "expanded" during Ahmadinejad's time in office and that he hoped ties would continue to strengthen.